Wednesday, September 16, 2009

No Apologies

With due respect to repentance and apologies, repentance and apologies matter only so much. Coming from a member of Congress, especially one who claims he knew better all along, they count markedly less than votes cast:

On July 12, 1996, I cast the worst vote of my political career ... I was convinced that by voting for this one federal statute against the recognition of same-sex marriage [DOMA], it would somehow take the steam out of the Newt Gingrich-Tom Delay Congress, which was using the homophobic right-wing agenda to mobilize their base at the expense of millions of gay, lesbian, transgendered, and bisexual Americans. My hope was to simply move on and get to more pressing business at hand, including smaller steps for equality based on sexual orientation, like legislation against employment discrimination.
I appreciate the apology and the mea culpa to which it is attached, but not very much.

The time to vote for anti-gay discrimination is never, and the time to prioritize important matters is now. The best tactic to use against bigots, parasites, chiselers, liars, and clowns who seek to halt progress and spread injustice is to vote against their agenda and vote for a better agenda. Those who pursue what they know to be right and oppose what they know to be wrong have no need for apologies.

I hope Representative Blumenauer and all progressive-minded lawmakers will apply this lesson widely -- and without apology.

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