I was going to write this as a comment in response to some of the notes responding to my previous post on the MPA, but I think it bears higher priority, and heck, I get to post here, so I will:
You know something I just noticed about this whole argument?
Curiously, those who are so animated about opposing the Amendment and the outrage shown over “writing discrimination into the Constitution” (who needs to come up with better catch-phrases? Anyway…) are more troubled by legislators (who are elected and therefore held accountable for their actions) not accomodating the will of the people. The point being that the majority of Americans are opposed to the Amendment (another thing that makes me wonder what the hell all the fuss is about…like you could pass an unpopular Constitutional Amendment–my point exactly) so how dare their representatives pass unpopular legislation, as if there were no remedy for such action.
What’s so ironic (if irony weren’t dead in the gay community already) is that these activists have no problem, it seems, with unelected and unaccountable judges thwarting the will of the people (in some places, for example, overruling overwhelmingly popular–whether I agree with them or not–votes against gay marriage).
Point being: Any of those who oppose the passage of this Amendment on small-d democratic grounds is either playing very cynical politics or lost in their own self-interest if they’re not at least as bothered by the usurping of the public’s will through judicial decisions.
Oh, and another thing: Those who say W and the rest of the Republicans are waging a “campaign of fear” (oh brother), take a look at some of the comments on this very blog from the apocalypic Anti-Anti-Gay-Marriage Amendment Cassandras when anybody dares tell the truth about this horrible Amendments lack of hope.