The Haters Won

RECEIVED Mon., Nov. 14, 2005

Dear Editor,
    The success of Prop. 2 can be summarized in one sentence: The haters won [“Victory for God – or Bigotry?,” News, Nov. 11]. Prop. 2 has nothing to do with defending marriage. If the fundamentalists really wanted to defend marriage they would have proposed a constitutional amendment outlawing divorce. Texas has one of the highest divorce rates in the country. (Massachusetts, one of the few states which allows gay marriage, has the lowest.) Divorce is much more damaging to families than gay folks getting together. Study after study has shown that divorce frequently results in severe emotional trauma, especially for any children involved. Clearly an effort to outlaw divorce would be the way to truly try and defend marriage. Of course if they attempted to make divorce illegal, every fundamentalist Christian would be run out of the state, save for the ones that were stomped to death or shot in the head. If they really cared, though, this wouldn't stop them. Prop. 2 is all about gutless punitive discrimination and not much else.
    By the way, does the "landslide" passage of Prop. 2 indicate that Texans are mean and discriminatory, as many people are now thinking? Not exactly: The election results are mathematically equivalent to having a class of 21 people in which one person, with the half-hearted help of another, decides unilaterally that the whole class is going to beat up on the two scrawny kids with glasses. Not counting the victims, 17 out of 21, or 81% of the population are only guilty of complacency, not hate.
    This country suffers from a Christian Taliban plague that is every bit as bad as the Taliban and/or al Qaeda in Northern Africa and Southern Asia. In a free society, it's not clear what can be done about this other than this: Next election, get off your ass and vote!
Patrick Goetz
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