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.
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