Gay Marriage and the Democratic Hazard

27 10 2008

“What gives the anti-gay marriage forces their influence comes down to moral hazard. If you run no risk sticking your nose into someone else’s bedroom, some people are weak enough to go ahead and do it. What gives them permission is a toxic tradition, deeply embedded in the right wing, of shameless intrusion. McCarthyism, the right to life movement, school prayer, anti-immigration, and a string of other rabble-rousing campaigns have been based on harming other people without risk to yourself. What makes these movements immoral is that the whole situation is upside down. In finance, you are supposed to take extra care of other people’s money, not less, when you are entrusted with it. In a democracy, majority rule is based on respect for minority rights, the basic idea being that a bond of trust allows minorities to feel safe when they are outnumbered.”

Please, Californians – don’t let the rest of us down, who are still awaiting gay marriage to be legal in our state. This is one of the most passive ways you can make history – thirty years from now you can say, “Yes, I did vote on that – I helped pave the way for others. I was an important part of American history – and no one could have done it but me.”

More on Gay Marriage
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost




One response

27 10 2008

Well said! I can only hope that Californians will step up to the plate and help pave the way for other states.

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