Thursday, March 23, 2006
Giving The Game Away
As part of the Republican Party's election-year efforts to keep the Bigot Vote turning out in full force this November, they have linked up with very-well-funded national anti-gay groups to promote more anti-gay legislation. Of course, these bigot groups try to say that they "hate the sin and love the sinner". But their rank-and-file members, as Nick Coleman of the StarTribune notes, just can't help giving the game away:
Charlie Makidon had come to the right rally but his sign was not helping the cause. His contribution to Tuesday's Capitol demo in support of a constitutional amendment to keep gays away from the altar was a tad crude: "Homo Go Home." Makidon, 57, a retired electrician, stood on the Capitol sidewalk above a crowd of 1,000 demanding that state law conform to the Bible. If gays get married, he said, he will have to pay for benefits for same-sex partners in the ranks of lust-crazed state workers, who are just waiting for the bell to ring to make a dash to the Bridal Fair. "There's no way in hell my tax money is going for that," Makidon said. "It's a perverted, self-inflicted lifestyle." That's not how amendment backers spin the anti-gay crusade. So Makidon quickly attracted a gaggle of smoother types who closed in on him and asked him to drop his sign. "We want them to know that we love them," one rally organizer told Makidon. The guy sounded too irritated to be very loving, but there was no mistaking who "them" was. Makidon didn't budge. He held his sign high and demanded to see the person in charge. "Send the person with the rally permit to me, and I'll throw [the sign] away," he said. A crisis was brewing. More Christian spinners encircled Makidon. One wedged against him with a sign that said, "We do not support this." The arrows on the anti-sign sign were pointing away from Makidon. I was going to tell the guy to stand on the other side of Makidon, so the arrows would point at the "Homo Go Home" sign, but I got distracted.Meanwhile, other would-be defenders of marriage were forced to admit that they weren't too vigilant about defending their own marriages:
Nearby was a man who looked like Jesus, with long hair and a beard, but who also wore a big purple top hat. He was carrying a sign saying marriage is for one man plus one woman. His name was Jim, but he asked me not to include his last name after I asked him where he lived. "St. Paul," he started to say. Then he corrected himself: "I'm in Little Canada right now," he said sheepishly. "My wife is kicking me out of the house. After 20 years, she's had it. We're getting divorced." One man, one woman. Until death do us part, or 20 years, whichever comes first.OutFront Minnesota has some lovely pics of the refreshingly honest Mr. Makidon and friends. Meanwhile, a lawyer friend of mine has examined the proposed bill. According to him, the bill actually goes after straight unmarried couples as well as gays, which is something they don't want their supporters or the general public to know.
Plymouth Colony, here we come. Where is the enterprising Democrat who will introduce a bill criminalizing adultery, to make the point?
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