I noticed these two items at BoiFromTroy today…
Senator Offers Limited Apology – Hartford Courant
“It’s a sickness, I think,” Colapietro said in a story about same-sex marriage published Saturday by his local newspaper, the Bristol Press. “It’s not a cure for the sickness allowing them to marry.”
Colapietro was quickly criticized on an Internet bulletin board devoted to Bristol-area politics and in person Monday during a conversation with Sen. Andrew McDonald, D-Stamford, who is gay.
“I feel bad they took the word `sick’ as derogatory,” Colapietro said Monday. “It wasn’t meant that way.”
That reminds me of the Jessica Rabbit line…. “I’m not bad, I was just drawn that way.” So I guess I’m gay, but not sick… because he didn’t mean it that way? How else would one take that other than derogatory. I mean clearly his apology didn’t mean he found gay salvation over the weekend. It means he found CYA.
Then there’s this number from Pennsylvania State Representative Thomas Yewcic: Pennsylvania lawmaker wants repeal of pro-gay protections — the Advocate.
A Pennsylvania lawmaker has proposed a bill that would remove a section from Pennsylvania’s hate-crime laws that bans harassment based on sexual orientation. Democratic state representative Thomas Yewcic of Cambria said he filed the bill in response to the arrest of five evangelical Christian protesters at a gay pride festival in Philadelphia. The five were charged with violating Pennsylvania’s Ethnic Intimidation Act when they disrupted the event with a bullhorn preaching that homosexuality is a sin. The Repent America demonstrators resisted a police order to pull back, and police said they were concerned about possible violence.
Now, he is probably right and even some of the pro-gay groups in Pennsylvania question the validity of using this law to squelch free speech. After all, if you applied it to ACT-UP I would imagine throwing batteries and condoms at some one might be a bit worse than telling someone they are a sinner. We are all sinners, after all, no?
But wouldn’t you have expected these comments and initiatives to becoming from conservative Republicans, not Democrats?
Verrrrry interesting. I will keep a watch on this potential trend.