An important vote of the people took place yesterday in Topeka, Kansas… America’s heartland. A referendum was on the ballot for Topeka residences which, if passed, would have repealed gay rights protections for a decade. (Hat tip: KenSain.com)
Topeka: Yes to Gay Rights, No to Phelps Clan – 365gay.com
It failed by a vote of 14,285 to 12,795. The measure was begun by notorious anti-gay preacher Fred “God Hates Fags” Phelps. In a double whammy to the Phelps family, Fred’s granddaughter performed miserably in her attempt to oust a lesbian Topeka councilwoman.
2005 Topeka Primary Election Results – Topeka Capital-Journal
And now the irony. Here’s a money quote from Matt Foreman of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
“Today, the people of Topeka not only rejected discrimination, they chose decency over immorality, truth over despicable lies, and they repudiated the hate-filled beliefs and practices of Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka,” said Matt Foreman, Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
Now wait just a minute! Isn’t this the same Matt Foreman who said this following the disastrous 11-state rout of gay marriage on Election Day, 2004?
“The results underscore why we have a Bill of Rights – because it is always wrong to put basic rights up to a popular vote. In fact, even today, 213 years after the Bill of Rights was ratified, it is doubtful Americans could win our freedoms of speech, press and religion at the ballot box,” said Matt Foreman, Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
Whoa, nellie. You can’t have it both ways. When the results go your way, then it is okay to put basic civil rights up for a vote? But when it goes against you, then the American people are stoopid, bigoted morons who can’t be trusted?
C’mon, Matt! Get some credibility back. Get out to Red State America more often and you will find you have every reason to trust the American people. But not when you and your group continually assault the President, our nation, and our judgment as Americans.