Progress, Again

Gay marriage marches forward. One state at a time.

First off, kudos to the Washington government, and kudos to the people who elected that government. We (Kit and I) love Seattle, and are delighted that when we head up there for RainFurrest, we will be considered legally married there.

Second, there is this tired old saw:

Sen. Dan Swecker, R-Rochester, argued that the proposed law alters the definition of marriage and “will lead to the silencing of those who believe in traditional marriage.”

“It’s ironic how a bill which purports to be about ending discrimination leaves the door open so far for discrimination going in the other direction,” he said. “I’m extremely concerned that without additional protections, this legislation will create a hostile environment for those of us who believe in traditional marriage.”

Yes, it is ironic that a bill which ends discrimination against same-sex couples makes people who still harbor the irrational belief that same-sex marriages somehow diminish their own marriage feel discriminated against. Oh, wait. That’s not ironic. That’s just stupidity. That is essentially like saying, “This whole ‘desegregation’ movement ironically makes us white supremacists feel more discriminated against.”

There is a fundamental difference between being discriminated against because of who you are and how you choose to live your life, and being “discriminated against” because of how you believe other people should choose to live their lives. The first case has been shown time and time again to be generally not the way we choose to do things here in America (with some exceptions). The second case is a pathetic whining of people who are perfectly free to live their lives the way they want, but will not be happy unless they can stop other people from being happy. They are co-opting the language of civil rights in an effort to make themselves appear like victims. Don’t buy it, not for a second.

You’re not being discriminated against, Dan Swecker. You are not being told that you can’t marry the person you want, or that you can’t send your kid to the school you want, or that you can’t live in the city you want or have the job you want. You are being told that you have to live with other people insisting on having those same freedoms for themselves. Personally, I think the people of Rochester should discriminate against Dan Swecker by removing him from the job he currently holds, but that’s their decision, and if they choose to re-elect him, I will be disappointed. But I won’t feel discriminated against.

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