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Dammit, I'm near tears. This is so stupid.

That fucking anti-gay marriage is going to a senate public hearing tomorrow. Thosde bastards posted the announcement Saturday Night. They're not even obeying their own rules. What the fuck is wrong with these people? Why is it so damned important to get their big throbbing hate woodies out and wave them around? My car's broken--well, butterfly's car's broken. I'm feeling powerless now. I wasn't told about this fast enough t oget anytime off work :( And I can't even drive down there to be LATE to work. And I'm just tired and heat-sick from being out at scarby all day. Ooog, now I'm pissed. I HATE TEXAS. HATE. This stupid redneck backwater conservative shithole of a state. But I'll never leave Austin, at least until the day they win and it's not Austin anymore.

Okay, I'm finished screaming. Now I'm going to write a nice friendly concerned letter and fax it to the entire damned senate. And I will not use the word "fuck." Or say "I hate Texas."

Stupid arrogant southern baptist right-wing...mutter...mutter...


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May. 15th, 2005 09:08 pm (UTC)
Kinda like the U.S. government attaching some Big Brother serious bullshit as an amendment to an amendment to a must-pass Iraq spending bill. They'll stop at nothing. Really smacks of fascism.
May. 15th, 2005 09:31 pm (UTC)
This feels more like pulling the wings off of flies. Active sadism and tactics that force those most concerned out of the process.
May. 15th, 2005 09:34 pm (UTC)
It's the only way they can pass these reprehensible things. The law I mentioned that was attached to the military spending bill was actually voted DOWN previously, which makes slipping into a bill guaranteed to pass even more egregious.

That's why I play the fascism card. Politicians are doing things bald-faced in defiance of what the people want. When it comes to something that half the people do want (to ban gay marriage), I guess it's even easier to justify such underhandedness.
May. 15th, 2005 09:33 pm (UTC)
Sometimes I really feel like I'm stuck in some Kafkaesque nightmare.

Then I remind myself that I've never actually read any Kafka and I'm being a pretentious twit.

But yeah... Austin is a tiny oasis of livability in a sea of redneck insanity (and not the amusing sort of insanity).
May. 15th, 2005 09:38 pm (UTC)
I've read Kafka. It was surrealist and dark, arbitrary and a series of nonsequitors. Accurate enough comparison :(
May. 15th, 2005 09:51 pm (UTC)
Its just plain scary how stuff like this shows just how immature this country has remained. Some stubborn, uppity group of arseholes will always find an innocent group of people to alienate, oppose and hate upon. And they will pull any strings they can so that they can rest assured that they've had some sort of control over whoever's on the sort end of the stick. Disgusting.

Its mind boggling how they feel so strongly about something that has little or no effect in their day to day lives. That's always what shocked me the most.
May. 15th, 2005 09:56 pm (UTC)
Don't forget, our state first repealed the sodomy law (news of which killed Strom-republican-but-i-have-interracial-daughter-Thurman) along with gay bars in public in our state capital. Texas does have a crapload of rednecks, but southerners are usually more tolerant than those up north. Our idiots are more in your face, but I rather have a few Texan asses in my face calling me things than a thousand northerners grouping to make every aspect of my life hell behind my back.

Gays have come a long way, and most straight people at least take the "As long as people don't come and tell me theyre gay then I dont care if I can keep my sheltered life" approach which you need to remember beats being the black/hispanic janitor at the office. Gays may not have it easy on life choices and some legality issues, but quality of life we're better off than many with marriage rights and aren't allowed to fill any senate seats due to skin color. (which makes me even more disgusted at some of the current regime)
May. 15th, 2005 10:31 pm (UTC)
What repealed the sodomy law? Texas' sodomy law was the one struck down by the Supreme Court. They didn't repeal squat.
May. 16th, 2005 01:52 am (UTC)
I think what Vermy meant was that a handful of counties (maybe 2 or three) stood up and decided that they would not enforce texas' sodomy law. I want to say it was at least Harris and travis counties back in, like, '98 or '99 As the story goes, they were powerless to get it off the books, but they did stand up and say that the law would not be enforced.
May. 16th, 2005 05:19 am (UTC)
*pleads ignorance* Sorry, I was pretending to be straight at the time and don't know the full details on this story--thanks for the history :)
May. 16th, 2005 05:18 am (UTC)
Well...mostly I'm just incredibly angry at the backhanded politics of this particular issue, of the previous "let's have a public hearing to see what the community thinks about the amendment--99.5% hate it? Oh. Well, that means we should pass it." The process feels so broken. I'm one of the lesbian/gay rights lobby's most reliable volunteers, and I can't make this hearing because the senate broke it's own rules--so that I couldn't be there.

And, you're right, but you're wrong. There's no actual legal protection for gays. As long as you're quiet about it (which it makes sense to be, being up-front and open about one's heterosexuality is pretty obnoxious, too!) As long as no-one can tell you're gay, you're fine. Beyond that, there's no legal protection if you're in a discriminatory work situation. There's equal protection/antidiscrimination "cannot fire for race, creed, color, sex, handicapped condition, or age," but it's entirely up to the institution whether "sexual orientation" is on that list.

Mind, they're trying to pass legislation to amend this, and if that legislation goes through, it'll be a Good Thing.
May. 15th, 2005 11:46 pm (UTC)
I will be there at 8:30 tomorrow. Since I'm no longer associated with the Texan, I'll talk to the GLBT guys, see if they want me to testify. I don't know what I could say, except:

"I am not gay. I am a geek. A nerd. A dweeb. I like Doctor Who episodes and was the first in my class on the Internet. And I oppose this legislation because I've seen this all before."

"The entire reason for this legislation eludes me. I cannot see any possible detrimental harm that gay marriage could have in the state of Texas. Where it is legal, it has done no harm - in fact, Massachusetts has the lowest divorce rate of the entire union, and countries such as New Zealand where civil unions have been enacted show that gay marriage has no detrimental aspects.

"The only possible motivation I can see for this legislation is to appeal to the mob's baser instincts and provide a scapegoat in order to avoid fixing failed social and economic policies - to wit, this legislation is not designed to improve Texas life, it is designed to artificially make some people living in Texas worse off so that other people can feel better without actually being better off."

"I've seen it before. This is exactly like the bullies, who, suffering from broken homes and poor grades, pick on the nerds in the school so that they can feel, for short, fleeting moments, better than someone else by dragging other people down. This technique does not work, of course, at the end of the day, the bully still has a broken home. All he's done is made someone else needlessly suffer."

"As a resident of Texas, I would be ashamed to see this pass."
May. 16th, 2005 05:10 am (UTC)
I can't see that hurting much. Wish I could be there. Should be a MUCH smaller crowd than last time.
May. 17th, 2005 05:40 am (UTC)
Had I known earlier, I would have been down there, fighting the good fight. This is important to me, too, and I want to see the bill not just fail, but go down in a fiery blaze (along with the cruel, selfish, self-righteous fuckheads spearheading it).
May. 17th, 2005 10:56 am (UTC)
If you want to, there's a "fax the lot of 'em!" on www.lgrl.org, but you need to be careful about being sane, reasonable, and courteous-sounding (because a lot of the people recieving the fax would be on our side!) I'd definately have someone else read what you send, if you wanna take that route.

PS--will call you. Just been dangerously self-involved over the last few weeks...
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