Thursday, March 4, 2010

Liberty and justice for all — now available in five states, plus DC

Congratulations to these lovely lesbians who appeared on the front page of The New York Times this morning. Cuc Vu, left, and her partner of 20 years, Gwen Migita, applied for a marriage license in DC on the day the nation's capital legalized same-sex marriage. Vu told the Times that she was born in Vietnam and has been a US citizen for more than 10 years. “But," she said, "this is really the first time that I feel like I have the full rights and benefits of citizenship." Washington, D.C. joins the civilized company of Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Iowa as the only places in the nation where same-sex couples can marry.

Let me take this opportunity to remind everyone that even the most hardline ruthless conservative hawk war monger you can think of (I assume you have conjured an image of Dick Cheney) supports gay marriage. So if Dick Cheney supports gay marriage, why haven't all the right wing automatons fallen in line? Huffington Post writer Jason Linkins has expressed it this way: Upon hearing conservatives criticize big lesbian daughter Mary Cheney becoming a parent, Linkins wrote: "It underscores my bafflement that anyone would dare cross Cheney in this regard, because, dude... he will mess you up." Cheney stated his views on gay marriage very clearly to the National Press Club last year: "I think people ought to be free to enter into any kind of union they wish. Any kind of arrangement they wish." The fine print is that he does not support a federal law, but instead says it's a matter for states to decide. His support of gay marriage is a departure from George W. Bush, who shamefully supported an amendment to the Constitution to ban gay marriage. His support of gay marriage is also perhaps the only example of Cheney being more progressive than Barack Obama. When you find yourself to the right of Dick Cheney on an issue, Mr. President, it is time to revise your position.