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“You Don’t Have Sovereign Power Over The English Language”

Opponents of full civil equality for gay citizens stress the importance of the definition of marriage, but like Judge Perez they don’t seem to have any problem changing the meaning of the word “bigot.” Apologies to those who think it’s too far to compare gay marriage opponents with racists; the above video clearly demonstrates that they only think and argue like racists.

(video via The Daily Dish)

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  1. June 27, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Just for the record, let’s keep in mind that not everybody who doesn’t consider same-sex marriage a civil right granted by the Constitution is a gay marriage opponent. Constitutional interpretation and personal preference are two very separate kettles of fish.

    William Buckley’s resemblance to Oskar Werner never ceases to amaze me. This is fraternal twins territory. Not just looks, but voice, inflection, and personal mannerisms as well.

    • June 27, 2011 at 7:43 pm

      I actually agree with your point Cyberquill. That popped into my mind as I wrote this post – I wasn’t sure how to phrase it better though. So for the record, I’m absolutely NOT lumping you in with this particular critique.

  2. Dave
    June 27, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    I’ve mentioned this before to Dan, but I think another good example of creepy opposition to gay marriage is this (dissenting) opinion written by Justice Scalia in the case Romer v. Evans. In that case, Colorado passed a state constitutional amendment that explicitly denied special legal protections for homosexuals as a minority. The Supreme Court held that the amendment was unconstitutional. Scalia disagreed, and wrote this:
    http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/94-1039.ZD.html
    Skim it once, then read it again replacing all references to “homosexuals” with “blacks” or “Jews.” (Scalia also does himself no favors by inexplicably opening with a German phrase bon mot.)

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