Marching backward to the beat of a despotic drum

Editor's Note

Back in December, Vice President Joe Biden said “there’s an inevitability for a national consensus on gay marriage.” It is a theme that has been repeated often enough in days of late. There’s plenty of evidence to support such a hypothesis.

Marriage equality bills and other pieces of legislation granting relationship rights to same-sex couples are advancing across the country. Both Hawaii and Illinois recently approved civil unions. A marriage equality bill passed the Maryland Senate. In Delaware, a bill to extend civil unions to same-sex couples was introduced to that state’s senate on March 22.

Currently, a total of six states recognize and allow the performance of same-sex marriages. Another 10 allow civil unions or other registered types of relationship recognition.

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And, for the first time ever, new polling from ABC News and the Washington Post indicates that a majority of the American public supports equal marriage rights. Nearly a decade ago, only 32 percent of Americans favored such rights. Today, 53 percent are on our side.

All the while, some states continue to face the threat of draconian measures to strip such rights away from their citizens. At press time, a bill to add an anti-gay constitutional amendment to the Indiana Constitution had made its way through a senate committee there. Right here at home, Republican legislators in the North Carolina Senate hope to pass their own anti-gay constitutional amendment.

Such measures are, no doubt, a form of tyranny. They enforce a religiously-motivated despotism whose aim is singularly focused on stripping away, layer by layer, the humanity of LGBT people. First it’s marriage. Then it’s healthcare and visitation rights. Next on the list is LGBT-inclusive bullying policies and laws. Then adoption. Where would it stop? Would we eventually revert to those “good ol’ days” when queers were burned and stoned to death?

You might say I’m being facetious, but the reality couldn’t be any starker. Under the radar and mostly unreported by mainstream media, there’s a growing movement among the rightest of this country’s evangelical religious right. Known as “dominionists,” they seek to take political control across the country and shape the nation and its body of law under the influence of their religious doctrines and scriptural interpretations.

Again, you doubt me. “Conspiracy theorist!” you say accusatorially.

Yet, these same people who claim their mission is only to spread the Gospel here in America played key roles in pushing one of the most harsh anti-gay laws in the world in Uganda. There, anti-gay religious leaders from the U.S., including many involved in the “ex-gay” industry, spoke at conferences and to political and religious leaders. They laid out stereotypes, lies and twisted data painting gays as predators. How did Uganda, where homosexuality was already illegal, respond? They drafted legislation that would subject gays to harsh prison sentences and even capital punishment.

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What’s good for the goose, is good for the gander. If U.S.-based Christianist hate groups can make it happen in foreign nations, what makes you think it couldn’t happen here.

I must stop and admit: I’ve painted a stark and scary picture here — one that’s pretty far from reality at the moment. But, it isn’t necessarily a false premonition of our future. The political, social and religious landscapes of civilization have sometimes been shaped by freak accidents of history. The only thing able to prevent such freak accidents is you. We’re lucky to live in a nation such as ours. In democracies, just about anyone or any group of people can gain power if they speak loudly enough. Whether those in power will be Christian dominionists or American patriots is a decision entirely of our own making.

As Tar Heels continue to face the threat of an anti-gay amendment, we must ensure that each and every one of us as vigilant, is as engaged and as informed as citizens ought to be. : :

Learn more: Get more information on the anti-gay constitutional amendment, learn how to get involved and speak out at equalitync.org.

 

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Posted by Matt Comer

Matt Comer is a staff writer for QNotes. He previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015.

4 Replies to “Marching backward to the beat of a despotic drum”

  1. And on another domestic front, the dominionists in Iowa removed three state supreme court justices to punish them for upholding principles of equal protection. Don’t these cretins realize that once you hamstring equal protection principles in application to one group, you hurt protections for yourselves? We are all minorities in someone else’s scheme.

  2. You sound like a lunatic. This article represents one of the many reasons why the vast majority of Americans oppose gay marriage (and yes, they do, despite the bogus polling a few firms have decided to release). A radical conservative, the opposite from you, could just as easily create a nightmare fantasy scenario describing what may happen if gay marriage or homosexuality in general were to become more accepted in our society. Of course, that would be silly, just like all the nonsense that you wrote.

    The vast majority of americans support anti-discrmination and hate crime laws, and probably some limited form of relationship recognition as well. That is the reason why there will be no “stoning and burning” of gays, just because most people believe that marriage itself has a special meaning and purpose that should be retained. How dare you make these kinds of claims?

    I am gay, and I oppose gay marriage, as do many normal gay people. I will work hard to have my point of view heard here in NC, so that we can finally pass a marriage amendment here. I grew up in Massachusetts and really don’t feel like seeing my new home state slide downhill as well.

    Instead of trying to scare people into agreeing with you, maybe you should start having a responsible dialogue with people. This article is not responsible, and quite frankly is despicable because it represents one of the worst forms of fear-mongering and smearing of political opponents that I have ever seen.

    The only true bigot is you, and those like you who continue to try and paint anyone who doesn’t agree, including good Christian people, as tyrants. I am confident that the truth will win out, and that North Carolina voters will overwhelmingly pass a marriage amendment in 2012. I also predict that eventually, Iowa and New Hampshire will repeal their gay “marriage” laws as well, since the people there never wanted it in the first place.

    I really hope that you can open up your heart and mind and become a better person. You have demonstrated in your article that you are not tolerant of others, just like most gays on the radical left. The result, of course, is that most Americans are not tolerant of us, either. Please grow up, and stop harming the gay community with your rhetoric.

  3. Steve, what are “normal gay people”? You sir are an idiot to bespeak the fact that the majority feel that marriage would help us. Open your own heart and mind while you condemn your fellow man on the far left. Putz!

  4. @Steve — There are most certainly radical theocratic forces in North Carolina actively seeking to marginalize the LGBT citizens of North Carolina and the current limited rights of LGBT North Carolinians.

    For evidence, visit http://www.christianactionleague.org or http://www.ncfpc.org or http://www.returnamerica.org

    These groups (Christian Action League, NC Family Policy Council, Return America) lobby the legislature, file lawsuits, and produce “educational” materials to further their bigoted ends.

    These are simple facts evident and trumpeted on their own websites. It is not hyperbole to note their actions and self-proclaimed aspirations.

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