Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Meanwhile in Kentucky...

In Kentucky, District Court Judge John G. Heyburn II expanded on his earlier ruling that Kentucky must recognize same sex marriages from other states by striking down Kentucky's ban on Gay Marriage.

As for Kentucky governor Steve Beshear's latest argument against Gay Marriage, that it was too expensive to allow gay couples to marry, Heyburn said “These arguments are not those of serious people,” and went on to say they were “at best illogical and even bewildering.”

Heyburn then landed two of the best quotes I've heard in a long time, “In America even sincere and long-held religious views do not trump the constitutional rights of those who happen to have been out-voted.”

“Assuring equal protection for same-sex couples does not diminish the freedom of others to any degree… hopefully, even those opposed to or uncertain about same-sex marriage will see it that way in the future.”

In other words, despite what the right wing loonies are trying to tell you, it's not a zero sum game. Insuring rights for one group does not diminish rights for another group.

What it may do is taking away PRIVILEGE from another group. The privilege to eat the bread another man has toiled for; the privilege to discriminate against someone of a different color or different beliefs and the privilege to deny to a segment of the population rights enjoyed by everyone else just because you happen not to like them.

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