Margaret Gallagher Srivastav: Prop 8 cheerleader atop a *very* shaky pyramid
"Same-sex marriage is not one of the fundamental rights of man. Americans have a civil right to organize to protect marriage as the union of husband and wife, an idea with deep roots in our history, in common sense and in the social science affirming that children long for their mom and dad. Overturning California's Proposition 8 would be an outrageous violation of the rights of the 7 million Californians who voted to protect marriage in their state constitution as well as the rights of millions of other Americans in other states with similar marriage amendments."
-Maggie Gallagher [SOURCE]
"Marriage itself is not one of the innate "fundamental rights of man" or woman (why so penis-centric, Mags?). Meaning: It's not a birthright inscribed in the DNA of hetero- or homosexual people. But it is a civil system (with ancillary/optional religious component) that we have created, and one that we can and have altered in order to accommodate our known realm. And thus marriage has become known in this society as a fundamental right if citizenship, both supported and protected by the Constitution. That's just reality.
Americans like Maggie Gallagher certainly do have the right to organize for the purposes of what they obnoxiously call "protecting marriage." However, those who recognize that gay people have "deep roots in our history, in common sense, and in the social science" also have the right to stand up and challenge the offensive ideas that say (a) marriage is a child-specific institution, (b) same-sex marriage somehow damages the countless children who are already in place in American homes either with or without equal legal protections, (c) inequality is right just because it is "deep rooted," and (d) the rights of a majority voting public to take something away trumps the right of a minority population of citizens to feel safe, equal, and protected under their state and federal constitution.
California's Proposition 8 was an outrageous violation of the right of the 6.4 million Californians who voted to preserve the state Supreme Court's majority marriage equality opinion, as well as the rights of the millions of other Americans in all of the other states where tax-paying LGBT citizens (and allies) exist. Attempts to preserve this bias (and especially those who earn a paycheck doing the same) can and will be seen as even more outrageous violations of one of America's most fundamental principles: Equal protection under the law!"
-Jeremy Hooper [SOURCE]
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