PERRY: Channel your inner Thomas Paine, Colorado, and bring the gavel down on legislative bigots and bullies

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It’s a sad commentary on our Colorado community that most of you have no idea who he is.

McNulty is a Republican state representative hailing from Douglas County and the speaker of the Colorado House. He holds that title because of the continued stranglehold that right-wing, fanatical activists still have on the Colorado Republican Party, and because Republicans have a majority of only one seat in that chamber.

To be blunt, McNulty and his creepy righty tighties represent a dwindling number of Coloradans, but they maintain power because too many of you have no idea who he is or what he and his clan of extremists do down at the Capitol.

Everybody’s just too busy to care.

Because of that chronic apathy, McNulty and a minority of state lawmakers were able to hold the state Legislature hostage this week in order to prevent a Colorado civil unions measure from becoming law. If you ask these lawmakers why they oppose such a thing, which would have granted at least some rights to people in homosexual relationships, they’ll tell you some crap about biblical leanings or leaving the door open for people to marry their hamsters.

The truth is, McNulty and his shrill band of extremists are bullies and bigots. Even though a majority of Coloradans want to see state lawmakers grant civil-union rights to gays and lesbians, and even though a majority of state lawmakers this year wanted the same thing, and even though some of those lawmakers were Republicans, these bullies played a last-minute political canard to get their way. It’s the political equivalent of “because I said so.”

Their flagrant bigotry and hatred has gone far enough. We have treated Colorado gays and lesbians as second-class citizens for too long, taking the Booker T. Washington approach to bringing the masses to their senses. Gays have a right to equality that even the U.S. military has acknowledged. If the biggest, most conservative bureaucratic monster on Earth understands that homosexual citizens must be extended the same rights as all others, these Colorado despots sure as hell can, too.

I don’t know about you, but I’m done with the lame excuses these people give for their shameless bigotry. Picking and choosing which biblical weirdness to use as a touchstone is as lame-brained as anyone can get. I don’t see McNulty demanding that adulterers be put to death, as the Bible clearly demands. Killing is big in parts of the Good Book. Death is clearly recommended for liars, whores and people who let their cattle mingle with the wrong types.

Nobody’s buying their dreamed-up religious twaddle any more. That voodoo went out with segregation when Southern extremists tried to use Bible boasts to keep blacks under their thumbs.

While the tide has turned against homophobes and gay-haters in this country, too many of you are too apathetic to rid the state of this embarrassment by simply taking the time to ensure candidates represent what you believe.

This isn’t a partisan issue. There are plenty, probably a majority, of Colorado Republicans that want a frugal state government that stays out of people’s personal lives, whether they’re gay or straight. And I don’t know of any Democrat and few independents who like the idea of marginalizing Colorado’s gay and lesbian citizens.

Instead, it’s a party problem. It’s one that’s easily solved, however. Either state House Republicans need to signal that they’re done with electing a nasty bigot like McNulty as their leader, or Republicans need to be ousted and relegated to nuisance status until that party starts representing the people who belong to it.

These jingoists can’t stop homosexuals from attaining equality any more than past bigots were able to sustain slavery and segregation in this country. Rights and freedoms are like an unstoppable fire that have burned away worse tyrants in China, Russia, The South and even the Middle East. Once the fire is set, there’s no stopping it.

McNulty and his supporters have abused their power to cheat a group of Coloradans that have been abused for too long. Time’s up, Mr. Speaker. Time for voters to force these bullies to pack up their shameful show of hate and start some kind of no-gays-allowed club that will no longer hurt or embarrass the real Colorado these people don’t come close to representing.

Reach editor Dave Perry at 303-750-755 5 or [email protected]

 

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Scott_2
Scott_2
10 years ago

Rumor is that Perry doesn’t even write many of his posts but I’ll respond anyway. He shouldn’t be so quick to call names since he postures himself as an authority on civil rights. What about the rights of those who don’t accept the idea of men having sex together? This has nothing to do with the civil rights for minorities. What about the rights of those who have actually read the Bible or learned from history the warnings of that lifestyle?

Actually, I don’t doubt that some are born with those dispositions. Everyone is born with natural struggles be it to lie, steal, become addictive or whatever it is. The smart ones overcome it, not letting it control them. The foolish ones like Perry don’t and then resort to abusive hate speech. Not very Coloradan.

 

Hank
Hank
10 years ago
Reply to  Scott_2

The typical response by the right is always to attack the messenger.  What does your comment about Perry not writing his own editorial have to do with the issue being voiced?  I suppose it is the only way you can start your response. 

Your logic regarding your rights to think or not think about how others chose to have a relationship defies reason.  How does granting civil-union to gays and lesbian affect your right to think?  Does it force you to have any different kind of relationship than what you already enjoy?  The simple answer is that it does not.  Your only reason for denying to others  rights you enjoy is because you don’t like thinking about the idea of same sex relationships. 

There are many things I don’t like, however I don’t go advocating imposing that dislike on others.  That is the subject of this editorial. Not that you think it was written by someone else. But how a minority in our State legislature has thwarted the will of the majority of our elected representatives.

Guest
Guest
10 years ago
Reply to  Hank

Hank, according to your ‘logic’ just because what others do doesn’t affect me personally it’s all okay with you? Think of all the laws being broken or harmful acts occuring right this minute that don’t affect you personally, are you advocating  eliminating all those laws and approving all those activities? According to your logic you do.  

Guest
Guest
10 years ago
Reply to  Scott_2

A few things.  One: most people, especially those that are against marriage equality, make it about sex.  It’s not.  It is about full, legal equality for all citizens.  Let’s face it.  Gay people are going to have sex whether or not they are married, and unless you want to make having sex illegal, there is no way to stop it.

Second: in saying “What about the rights of those who don’t accept the idea of men having sex together?”, you are saying that you would deny full equality to roughly ten percent of the population purely because YOU are uncomfortable with them doing something that, quite frankly, doesn’t affect you in any meaningful way.  By being in a democracy, we have to, occasionally, make compromises, or even just put up with things that we don’t necessarily like.  I may not like a certain group of loud-mouthed, bigoted protesters, but they still have their right to their protest, and I can accept that. 

Third: There is increasingly overwhelming evidence that being gay is NOT a choice, any more than being a certain race is a choice.

Lastly: The issue here is, ultimately, about love.  These people love each other.  They want a chance to make a lasting commitment to each other, and have the same rights as any straight couple has by feeling the exact same way.

If your holy document says some things about their biological inclinations to be attracted to the same sex, so be it.  You can obey those teachings, but it is the most common interpretation of the Constitution that allowing any one religion to make laws affecting all is illegal.  Disapprove as much as you want on a PERSONAL level, but you have no right to force your disapproval on them on a LEGAL level.  All they want is a chance to love openly with the same legal protections as you.

Guest
Guest
10 years ago
Reply to  Guest

YOU have no right nor does a few legislators the right to force their approval of gay marriage on my state of Colorado. Colorado belongs as much to those who oppose it as ‘progressive liberals’ and don’t want Colorado to be associated with supporting it, and it’s not a pressing priority with all the problems we’re facing. Are you forgetting the federal Defense of Marriage Act, Colorado Amendment 43, other failed attempts by a few legislators to impose gay marriage on the state of Colorado? Hello? 

Guest
Guest
10 years ago
Reply to  Guest

If you can name one way that gay marriage is a detriment to yourself or society, without falling back on religious doctrine, then maybe we have an actual debate on our hands.  As it is, however, the LGBT community is still being discriminated against, and for no better reason than a very narrow interpretation of several small passages of the Bible.  Said passage also has things to say about wearing clothes made of two types of fabric, and eating shellfish on the Sabbath.  Odd that I don’t hear similar debates about shutting down Red Lobster on the weekends, or an uproar about cotton/polyester blends, but I digress.  What I am trying to say is, last I checked, allowing religion to create law is illegal.

As for your examples, DOMA, while still on the books, has been basically repudiated by the Obama administration, and those “few” legislators would have passed this Civil Unions (not marriage) bill, were it not for the cowardly actions of ONE member of the House of Representatives.  Amendment 43 passed, it is true, but I have a feeling that it is not long for this world.

Annie Ayers
Annie Ayers
10 years ago

Well stated Dave. It is outrageous that in 2012 we still have discrimination against the GLBT and minority community!  When does it stop. Don’t people ever learn or get it?  Annie Ayers