Given the massive attack by conservatives on teaching U.S. history (particularly with the Texas textbooks), I am very pleased to hear of Jerry Brown signing a bill ordering the teaching of gay history in California schools. Like with Texas, California controls a huge chunk of the history textbook market and the inclusion of gay history in the textbooks means that students in many other states are likely to get it too.
Tag: "gay and lesbian rights"
I have some reflections on the belated passage of same-sex marriage legislation in New York. The two most important are that 1)the belief that achieving policy victories through legislation will insulate them from backlash is silly, and 2)while the arc of history might bend toward progress, even in the medium term substantial progress on same-sex marriage is far from certain, and to a frightening extent rests on the shoulders of Anthony Kennedy.
Shorter Verbatim William C. Duncan: “What remains to be seen now is whether the people of New York will look kindly on the legislators who ignored them, listening instead to the Hollywood stars and other glitterati who became lobbyists for this fashionable cause.”
The thing is, in not allowing a minority of bigots to short-circuit marriage equality legislation, the governor and Senate were acting in concert with the overwhelming majority of New Yorkers. Projection in defense of discrimination is most definitely a vice.
Looks like the vote will finally pass. Outstanding! At lease one member has unexpectedly switched to a “yes”; once the logjam has been broken you’d think some GOP members would prefer not to emulate Strom Thurmond.
Whew, it’s good that I was able to get married before the institution of heterosexual marriage ceased to exist in New York! Alas, the newest member of the blog was not so lucky. There’s still going to be an open bar tomorrow, right?
…It’s official. And now let us praise the framers of the New York constitution for not including an initiative process.
Sadly, it’s not like anybody else’s arguments against SSM are much better.
Fortunately, the idea that Judge Walker should recuse himself has been treated with the seriousness it deserves.
Ed “But he even lives near San Fransisco!” Whelan doesn’t like the ruling. I look forward to his post arguing that it was inappropriate for the majority in yesterday’s securities litigation ruling not to recuse themselves. I mean, how can it be appropriate for wealthy men to have heard the case? Do we know that any members of the majority won’t eventually retire and judge corporate boards that will want to form subsidiary corporations so that they can lie to their customers with legal immunity? I don’t see how they can be impartial; we need some poor, badly-connected people appointed to the Court so that we can have a truly impartial ruling.
1)The Tea Party has nothing to do with “small government,” and 2)Scott Walker is a truly reprehensible governor. Maybe Meade and Althouse can use their New Media videographer skillz to interview some gays and lesbians who are unable to see their longtime partners in the hospital.
Joining convicted domestic abuser Hiram Monserrate among the four New York state Democrats who voted against same-sex marriage was Carl Kruger, an alleged shakedown artist living with his same-sex partner in a mansion built for Gaspipe Casso. The important thing to remember is that opponents of same-sex marriage believe in traditional morality and family values.
And to follow up my point from earlier today, I note that more than 4 years after Peter Beinart asserted that courts in New York did their state’s gay and lesbian citizens “a favor” Massachuseets still has same-sex marriage and New York still doesn’t.
As national opinion continues to become more supportive of same-sex marriage, it’s worth once again remembering how frequently it was said that Goodridge was a disaster for the same-sex marriage movement. Generally, ignoring advice from your enemies that you unilaterally disarm is a sound principle.