Great news! This week the state Supreme Court in Iowa ruled for full marriage equality in that state by declaring unconstitutional that state’s ban on marriage for people of the same gender. Lest anyone complain about “activist judges”, i.e. judges who protect the legal rights of people whom they wish to discriminate against, the state legislature of Vermont has overridden the veto of that state’s republican governor and granted full marriage equality to the people of Vermont.
Immediately after the court ruled in Iowa, the republican minority leader in that state’s senate approached the democratic majority leader and asked him to co-sponsor a bill to take away full marriage equality from same gender couples. The senate majority leader Mike Gronstal responded as follows:
"One of my daughters was in the workplace one day, and her particular workplace at that moment in time, there were a whole bunch of conservative, older men. And those guys were talking about gay marriage. They were talking about discussions going on across the country.
And my daughter Kate, after listening for about 20 minutes, said to them: You guys don't understand. You've already lost. My generation doesn't care.
I think I learned something from my daughter that day, when she said that. And I've talked with other people about it and that's what I see, Senator McKinley. I see a bunch of people that merely want to profess their love for each other, and want state law to recognize that.
Is that so wrong? I dont think that's so wrong. As a matter of fact, last Friday night, I hugged my wife. You know I've been married for 37 years. I hugged my wife. I felt like our love was just a little more meaningful last Friday night because thousands of other Iowa citizens could hug each other and have the state recognize their love for each other.
No, Senator McKinley, I will not co-sponsor a leadership bill with you."
His daughter’s quote offers a chilling insight for the forces that wish to manipulate and control both individual lives and societies. You are receiving a richly deserved new status of becoming irrelevant. This is primarily what churchmen in America fear the most
The political right and their power base, fundamentalist religions are just now connecting the dots and realizing that the “happy days” of George “W” and the neoconservatives are over. That they no longer are “movers and shakers” in national politics and that like “W” they are out and they are becoming increasingly irrelevant. At least, the Catholic Church should do nicely because, of the large influx of new Catholics from Latin America.
Latinos now account for 75% of Catholics in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and at least those who are recently arrived, still have an unquestioning subservience to the hierarchy. Once they are granted citizenship, they should provide a very nice “voting block” to the bishops. Provided, of course, that they can be kept pregnant and barefoot.
The Church’s teachings on contraception should help in slowing economic upward mobility and limiting educational opportunities, which would lead them to ask unsettling questions of their bishops. At the same time, anti-immigrant prejudice from the hierarchy’s allies on the political right cast the hierarchy as benevolent protectors of the immigrant communities.
So, people like Cardinal Mahony of Los Angeles and Archbishop Neiderauer of San Francisco who are among the principal architects of the Yes on Proposition 8 victory can still show up at Democratic party events, receive nice checks from progressive donors and pass themselves off as defenders of the marginalized. Oh yeah, we had to stop marriage equality but, after all, we do so much to help immigrants (i.e. ourselves).
- Boycott the Knights of Columbus
- A wedding sermon.
- An open letter to my parish community.
- Why was a college student in the car of drunken Archbishop-elect Cordileone at 12:26 AM, when Cordileone was arrested for a DUI?
- When the Church married Same-Sex couples.
- How It All began
- The Supreme Court’s Decisions and the New Mason-Dixon Line
- What the Vatican & American bishops DO NOT want you (and Politicians) to know.
- The Morality of Sex, gay & straight.
- San Francisco in archbishop Cordileone’s sight