Sometimes someone writes something where the thinking is so clear, so elegant and so simple that it cuts right through the mess — and I want to cut off my fingers because I didn’t think of it first. Such was Mother Nurture’s column today in the City Pages.
She was asked about how to vote in the upcoming election on the constitutional amendment on gay marriage. And she answered the question just fabulously, in a way that was wonderfully outside the box. She said to vote against it, not because it is unfair (though she hinted that it is) but rather was being used as a political distraction. The issue is on the ballot to get people out to vote for Governor, not really on its merits, she, in my estimation correctly explained.
She seemed to lean towards the notion that conservatives wanted this on the ballot to bring out their “base,” which is probably correct. But it has also been reported that the Doyle campaign essentially counted on the “Be Fair, Vote No” crowd to be his shadow ground forces. It is a shame to see what should be an important issue (how people and families can relate to each other under the law) reduced to a political football.
So Mother is right, vote down the gay marriage amendment, and let’s then discuss the underlying issues at another time.
Mother didn’t deal with the death penalty referendum, but I do have a meager thought compared to her brilliant one. If the referendum passes, most likely the group that pushes it over the top, as it were, will ironically be “pro-life” Christians.
It never ceases to amaze me that someone who feels so moved to put an “Abortion Stops a Beating Heart” bumpersticker on their van, can’t seem to see that an electric chair does too.
It seems to me that this referendum should be dead in the water. If you figure that most Democratic type voters will vote against it and that something like the third to a half of Republican voters who do so because they are “pro-life” should vote against it, the thing should go down by a vote of 70-30 against — at least. But the last article I saw on the subject showed support for the referendum running around 60 percent. Amazing.
This one is so obvious that it doesn’t even count as elegant. To vote “pro-life” you have to vote against the death penalty.
I hope that Mother Nurture would agree. I know my mother would.