Molly Ivins reports that Senfronia Thompson, Houston Democrat and member of the Texas House gave her fellow members a piece of her mind and a side order of truth. Of course the Lege, not the one I want to jump from, but the one that runs the State of Texas ignored her and passed laws banning cheerleading ass shaking and gay marriage. Are they not the embodiment of "someone is having fun somewhere and those persons must be stopped?"
Representative Thompson said, "I have served in this body a lot of years, and I have seen a lot of promises broken... So... now that blacks and women have equal rights, you turn your hatred to homosexuals, and you still use your misguided reading of the Bible to justify your hatred. You want to pass this ridiculous amendment so you can go home and brag -- brag about what? Declare that you saved the people of Texas from what?
"Persons of the same sex cannot get married in this state now. Texas law does not now recognize same-sex marriages, civil unions, religious unions, domestic partnerships, contractual arrangements or Christian blessings entered into in this state -- or anywhere else on this planet Earth.
"If you want to make your hateful political statements then that is one thing -- but the Chisum amendment does real harm. It repeals the contracts that many single people have paid thousands of dollars to purchase to obtain medical powers of attorney, powers of attorney, hospital visitation, joint ownership and support agreements. You have lost your way. This is obscene...
"I thought we would be debating economic development, property tax relief, protecting seniors' pensions and stem cell research to save lives of Texans who are waiting for a more abundant life. Instead we are wasting this body's time with this political stunt that is nothing more than constitutionalizing discrimination. The prejudices exhibited by members of this body disgust me.
"Last week, Republicans used a political wedge issue to pull kids -- sweet little vulnerable kids -- out of the homes of loving parents and put them back in a state orphanage just because those parents are gay. That's disgusting.
"I have listened to the arguments. I have listened to all of the crap... I want you to know that this amendment [is] blowing smoke to fuel the hell-fire flames of bigotry."
If Democrats don't get off their asses, get in the street, get out the vote, they are going to hurt themselves, their friends, their neighbors. Gays should boycott the state, take their money out of Texas investments and institutions, refuse to attend Texas colleges and universities, pull up roots and get the hell out of this wasteland. Anyone with any sense needs to say this is wrong, say it loud, and say it at all those polite social gatherings like church. People should stand up in church and say, "I will not support an institution that supports this evil," and walk out.
Democrats need to stop socializing with the enemy. No one is going to change anyone's mind. Tell your friends if they don't act to stop this, you can't be their friend. This friendly fascism has gone too far.
Civil disobedience is the answer. Jam the streets, boycott businesses, and write to newspapers and television stations and ask them to cover these church sermons and anti-gay protests. Let's have some pro-civil rights protests. I believe in the rule of law, but Hitler used the law to discriminate and to murder.
When your congressmember or statehouse member speaks somewhere, go ask them how they could vote for such discrimination. Get arrested. If protesters can be in front of abortion clinics, why can't protesters be in front of fundamentalist churches? That is where the evil originates in the name of religion.
When is it ever going to be enough? These Christians were the same people who wanted to impeach Earl Warren, go to nuclear war with the Russians, wouldn't vote for a man because he was Catholic, believed Joe McCarthy, hated Roosevelt, hated civil rights, cheered when Kennedy and King were murdered. They have never changed their minds. And all the civil rights laws on the books and in the courts didn't change them at all. Decent people must vote and act. It is the only thing that ever changes anything.