Matt Zalaznick: 1 bias down, 1 to go
Vail, CO, Colorado
America may have left a large part of its racist past behind when Barack Obama was elected president Tuesday, but we haven’t shaken off all our prejudices.
It seems that, despite Ellen Degeneres hosting the Oscars and the trendiness of gay chic, Americans still aren’t comfortable with homosexuality. They’re so uncomfortable with gays and lesbians, they want to entrench discrimination in their state constitutions.
At the same time a black man, for the first time in history, was being given the most powerful job in the world, voters in “progressive” California and vacationland Florida both voted Tuesday to ban gay marriage.
While voters rejected some of the worst tyrannies of the far right wing’s family values platform, they also decided homosexual Americans should remain second-class citizens.
For some reason, a majority of voters in California and Florida, and in many other states, are still too concerned about what consenting adults do in the privacy of their own homes. They are still are deluded that their own relationships are threatened by homosexual marriages.
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Despite the country’s high rate of divorces ” not to mention all the dysfunctional families out there ” these voters still believe they are protecting American families by denying some citizens their constitutional rights.
The media, meanwhile, treats these bans as a kind of novelty issue, far less serious, for instance, than segregated water fountains.
No, voters didn’t decide to ban homosexuality, but their decision to prohibit homosexuals from marrying each other and attaining the rights contained in such a bond is just as cruel.
Let’s hope the challenge to California’s hateful Proposition 8 succeeds, and the rights of one group of Americans are restored. And let’s hope the media begins treated these bans for what they are ” discrimination as odious as seats on the back of the bus.
So while we congratulate ourselves as our nation for overcoming one bias, we should pause and remember we remain a nation that discriminates against some of its citizens.
Managing Editor Matt Zalaznick can be reached at 748-2926, or email@example.com