Friday, December 18, 2009

When to Marry

It would be a slight exaggeration to say that everything is bad and trending worse because a barrier to legal equality has been lifted in Washington DC:

District of Columbia Mayor Adrian Fenty signed a measure recognizing such [same-sex] marriages as legal. The district council overwhelming passed the bill Tuesday, following a similar vote December 1.
For the passionate enthusiasts of certain passages of Leviticus and Paul, there's still hope to have the icky gays dragged back to a lower tier of citizenship:
The measure now goes to Congress for a 30-day review period, but it's considered unlikely that the Democratic majority on Capitol Hill would block the bill. By law, Congress has the right to review and overturn laws created by the District of Columbia's council.
I don't know what Democratic majority on Capitol Hill the author of this news article has in mind, but for my part, I expect the batch of chickenshits who constitute today's Democratic majority to roll this back forthwith, and to do so with the support of the Obama White House.

Granted, I do expect the chickenshit-in-chief to give a right pretty speech outlining the regret and reluctance with which he hails the perpetuation of the kind of inequality that his hero, Martin Luther King Jr., gave his life to overcome. I expect to learn in this speech that something or other underscores one continuing challenge or other, and I expect it to depict two deplorable extremes between which the president and all sensible people of good will find themselves. Or some shit like that.

If you're gay in DC and of a mind to marry, schedule the ceremony for the first seconds after this change takes legal effect, assuming it does so. Maybe it will stand for a few minutes before Joe Lieberman, Ben Nelson, Mary Landrieu, or some other parasite scares the Democrats into compromising it away in the name of reaching out to fair-minded independents or finding middle ground or whatever phrasing Rahm Emmanuel is now using. Timing is critical when the exercise of human rights collides with Democrats' preemptively pissing themselves over 30-second campaign ads their future political opponents might run.

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