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12 November - 2008

"Historic for Some, Same Old Shit for the Rest of Us" -Harvey Fierstein

Segerruset medgav en form av trancendental yrsel och det finns bara utropstecken efter Yes we can! och Change can happen! Och visst är det sant, vi har överskridit stigmatiserade etniska gränser och visat att hudfärg varken är ett hinder eller en förutsättning för att inneha ett av världens största maktämbeten

Dock vill jag skärskåda alla amerikaner som den 5 november kände en blandning av extrem lycka och extrem sorg Lycka för att President Elect delvis är afro-american, sorg för att Californien bland andra, röstade mot lagen för rätten till samkönade partnerskap Visst, Cali är liberalt i svensk mening; det räcker att besöka Venice Beach för att få det bekräftat Men i ärlighetens namn, vad hade ni förväntat er Är det inte lite skenheligt att känna overload with joy över valet av en svart president, när just denna president sätter sig emot samkönade partnerskap Är rasen/etniciteten/färgen i det fallet viktigare än hans politik, eller resonerar man som så "att man inte kan få allt" Jag tycker att detta hyckleri förpassar Obama till en ras snarare än en kompetent politiker och det, i min värld, är fruktansvärt sorgligt Kanske besitter jag ett utifrån perspektiv, kanske saknar jag relevant sexuell läggning eller etnicitetsperspektiv

Här kommer iallafall ett intressant inlägg i debatten om den kalifornska dödsdomen, publicerat av min homosexuella vän i nämnda delstat, som både är gay och Obama-vurmare

By Harvey Fierstein

While we dance in the streets and pat ourselves on the back for being a nation great enough to reach beyond racial divides to elect our first African-American president let us not forget that we remain a nation still proudly practicing prejudice

I have heard this day described as one of transcendence where Americans came together to prove that we are, above all, a nation of fairness World witnesses wrote that we rose above ideology, politics and bigotry to achieve a great moment for America Meanwhile, on this same Election Day, we great Americans passed laws as heinous as any Jim Crow legislation We great Americans reached out and willfully put our name to language that denies an entire minority group their equal rights

Of course I am referring to the states of Florida, Arizona and California passing legislation to specifically deny gay people from entering into the contract of marriage Actually, that's not true We can still get married, just not to each other Yes my friends, Florida and California have now made it legal for gay men and lesbians to marry as long as we don't marry our partners How much sense does that make

Now, before you rise up on your high horse to holler, "We're not against Civil Unions, just Gay Marriage", let me once again explain that THE SUPREME COURT HAS STATED THAT SEPARATE BUT EQUAL IS NOT EQUAL And even if it were, civil unions are simply not equal to marriage

Let me give you a simple example that anyone can follow John and Jim are registered as domestic partners and so, just like a married couple; Jim is covered by John's employee health care That's really nice BUT since the IRS does not recognize civil unions or domestic partnership Jim has to pay income tax on the value of this coverage So, unlike a married couple, John and Jim are penalized hundreds of dollars for not being married That's not fair That's not in the spirit of the civil union legislation And that's just the tip of the iceberg of the inequality being offered

Listen, my fellow Americans, I am only asking that we get sensible about this controversy Gays are not asking for religious blessings We are not asking for everyone to come to our weddings We are not asking the government to force churches and synagogues to perform marriage rituals or even to allow us into their tax-exempt edifices We are simply and forcefully demanding equal protection under the laws of this nation as tax paying, voting, property owning citizens I want no more or less protection than granted any heterosexual to control and distribute my holdings

State sanctioned marriage is a civil contract period A contract is not a judgment of moral value It is a legal agreement between two parties that testifies to a meeting of minds between those consenting entities It is not a religious act or rite and so has nothing to do with Adam and Eve or Steve or even Harvey I often say that if you want to really want to understand the contract of marriage just ask anyone who has been divorced The marriage contract is one of property rights Or maybe you can look in the bible to see what Adam had to say about divorce since Eve was his second wife

So, while we rightfully celebrate the election of our first African American president, let us take a moment to mourn the passage of three new laws legalizing prejudice Of course there will be those who claim that voters were only protecting the institution of marriage to whom I would suggest it is just as likely that Obama's supporters were only voting against W Breaking the lock on my door doesn't make your home any more secure

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