Friday, October 10, 2008

Marriage rights upheld for all

Today the State Supreme Court ruled in a 4-3 decision to uphold the right of same-sex couples to marry.

The battle isn't quite over, however.

There's a line on the ballot next month asking if you are for or against a state constitutional convention.

The reason for this is that people with a very narrow agenda are hoping to be able to politicize issues like marriage equality, and use fear and scare tactics to impose their strict religious views on the state.

Because, apparently you can't get into Heaven simply by living a clean life and being a good person; no, you must also inflict your fundamentalist views on as many people as possible, regardless of who you hurt. The reason being that God, while He supposedly has the power to strike down anything in the entire universe that displeases him, would rather have a few overzealous followers be the bad guys.

It's all about perception; and even God, while He still can't hit a one-iron, knows that what people think will affect His numbers. With all the competition out there these days, He wants to keep as much of His rapidly diminishing market share as possible.

So He speaks to only a few favored minions, and instructs them on how to counteract this unfortunate trend of equality and compassion that seems to be spreading across the planet like wildfire. Then these followers use every insidious tool imaginable to combat the forces of fairness and justice.

Including changing the constitution to make Connecticut a disaster area of endless ballot initiatives and management by public consensus, instead of allowing the people we elect to do their jobs and make policy that follows the principles of our country.

We need to make sure that people vote "NO!" on the question of the Constitutional Convention. Tell everyone you know WHY it's a terrible idea to change our system of government to a circus of popular opinion.

And you fundies out there, remember that your own book of God's teachings talks a lot about love, acceptance, and forgiveness. Maybe you should read it sometime.


Bob Symmes said...

We need to focus this fight (which the Rethugs will try to frame as an attack on our society or an attck on "the 'sanctitiy' of marriage", to get people to vote for the convention.

WE have to point out that Connecticut has allowed Civil Unions for years, and the "sanctity of marriage" has not suffered.

I, for one, am opposed to the state issuing a "marriage certificate" to ANYONE: whether opposite or same sex, the government should recognize only civil unions; but should record all marriages.

Marriage is a RELIGIOUS rite, in which the government has no business. If a church wishes to sanctify a marriage, our government MUST recognize that fact.

vagabondblogger said...

Wow! I agree with Bob Symmes.

I also want to thank CT Bob for this post, as I had no idea about any other initiatives on the November ballot. Being overseas, we aren't privy to our local bits of legislation up for general vote. I'll have to look into those issues quickly.

Bob Symmes said...


There are two questions on the ballot (exact wording as follows):

1: "Shall there be a Constitutional Convention to amend or revise the Constitution of the State?"

2: "Shall the Constitution of the State be amended to permit any person who will have attained the age of eighteen years on or before the day of a regular election to vote in the primary for such regular election?"

PS - if you need an absentee ballot, go to -- a fillable/printable PDF AB application is available. You can fax this to your town clerk (to speed up getting the ballot), but you must get the original to the clerk before election day before your vote will be counted.

you probably didn't need all of this; but I can be reached at if you have any questions (This is my REAL work)

Anonymous said...

vote yes For the convention i believe that voters should decide not 7 unelected judges. Also vote Obama and jim himes yes we can

CT Bob said...

No, you're wrong. You know how badly all those ballot initiatives work out in California. Having a new convention will bring that confusion and inefficiency here. You can't really want that, no matter how opposed to gay rights you may be.