Texas Constitutional Election

So, despite the fact that I’m on probably every libertarian list from here to Kalamazoo, I’ve been getting tons of phone calls from the religious right begging me to go vote to put discrimination in the constitution. I’ve already done early voting, and for those that haven’t, please remember that voting day is tomorrow, and I’d like to see more people turn out to vote against Prop Two. It’s a big deal.

For those of you outside of Texas, what’s going on is a concerted effort to write bigotry into the Texas Constitution. The proposition language is thus: “A constitutional amendment providing that marriage in this state consists only of the union of one man and one woman and prohibiting this state or political subdivision of this state from creating or recognizing any legal status identical or similar to marriage.”

The problem is that the second part of the proposal is too vague and would call into question the legality of a number of existing relationships and legal arrangements such as medical power of attorney, estate planning, trusts, and probate. The House even voted to keep language out of the amendment that would have clearly protected such private agreements.

Personally, I don’t think the state has any business in the marriage business to begin with. “Marriage” as a term should be a religious thing, and any two consenting adults should be able to join their lives, their funds, their future without needing a state approved ceremony.

That said, the supporters of this bill have said it was written to marginalize gay folks and “punish them” for their “willful disregard of God’s plan”. Because, ya know…Leviticus and all that. Now, I’d believe these people were serious about “protecting marriage” if they had submitted legislation making divorce illegal. Cause, ya know…that would protect marriage. But not allowing lesbians and gay men to enjoy the same level of financial and legal security because of what they do with their naughty bits, is nothing but bigotry.

My marriage is not at risk if my friends marry each other. My marriage is not at risk if the Bobs down the street get married, or if Sue marries Sally. It has no bearing on my relationship with my husband. How is denying people basic legal protection anything but a revisiting of the Jim Crow laws?

That said, a number of churches and ministers are getting seriously active about this topic. Preaching from the pulpit about how to vote. And yet, those political activities are still granted the tax free advantage of being a church. Me…I’m going to figure out how one gets tax free status removed from those churches…cause I don’t need their god in my politics.

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