Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The Courage of The Missouri Democratic Senators #NotInMyState

It was my privilege to listen to the 39 hour filibuster of Missouri Democratic Senators who tried to prevent the passage of SJR 39, a joint Senate resolution that purports to "protect" those with a "religious" objection to same sex marriage by establishing an amendment to the Missouri Constitution. Mind you, these protections were not merely those rights to religious freedom already protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. SJR 39 is much broader. In essence, people who disapprove of members of the LGBTQ society could be free to discriminate - refuse to sell products, rent housing, refuse employment, etc., if they claim being gay, lesbian, or trans-sexual is against their religious beliefs. The First Amendment already protects religious acts. For instance, a Catholic priest need not perform a wedding of a Jew and a Hindu in a Catholic Church. Weddings, funerals and such can be part of a religious ceremony, and are thus protected. No, the Senate Majority sought to include non-religious activities, such as baking wedding cakes, etc. So sad. This legislation, which seeks to put the matter to voters as a Missouri Constitutional amendment, is reminiscent of the Missouri Constitutional Amendment 12 years ago purporting to ban same sex marriage. That amendment is now unconstitutional because of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell last summer. What an exercise in futility based out of fear, insecurity and hate.

How the prejudices of some play out in a sad display of the worst of human weaknesses. We try to stop what we fear. In the past, people claimed inter-racial marriage violated their "religious" views and states declared those marriages illegal for many years. Those laws were an embarrassment. Why we try to control the behavior of others and force them to conform our desires is beyond me.

The 39 hour filibuster was so life-affirming. These Senators talked on and on. Not one of them has declared him or herself a member of the LGBTQ community, but they had their LGBTQ brothers' and sisters' backs. They stood up to protect their constituents, all of their constituents, not just those in the majority. That is what makes our country great, we protect those in minorities. We abhor fascism.

The Senate majority effectively stopped the filibuster by using a little use technique and the measure will likely pass, for now. The Missouri Constitution will probably be amended, because that just takes a majority of Missouri voters.  The LGBTQ community is not in the majority. This demonstrates why the actions of the Democratic Senators was so important, and so heroic. With a little time, and a lot of wasted public taxpayer dollars, the amendment will be found to violate the U.S. Constitution and eventually the majority will have to accept that everyone need not believe one way, need not feel one way, need not love one way. We are in the midst of a new civil rights struggle and ultimately justice will prevail.

Thank you to all of those brave Senators, who talked for 39 hours in hopes of furthering justice and protecting others. Than you Senators Maria Chappelle-Nadal, Kiki Curls, Jason Holsman, Joseph Keaveney, Jamilah Nasheed, Jill Schupp, Scott Sifton, and Gina Walsh. We need people like you.

1 comment:

  1. Not surprisingly perhaps, in this posting, Liberal Democrat, Hillary Clinton-supporting Lynne Bratcher is once again on the wrong side of an issue.

    Forgetting that she claims to have listened to a 39-hour filibuster....I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT....Ms. Bratcher writes--"In essence, people who disapprove of members of the LGBTQ society could be free to discriminate - refuse to sell products, rent housing, refuse employment, etc., if they claim being gay, lesbian, or trans-sexual is against their religious beliefs."

    If only life were as simple as making an exaggerated claim and having everyone agree with you! Gee! We wouldn't need any discrimination/civil rights attorneys would we? Hah! Be careful what you wish for, Ms. Bratcher.

    "Why we try to control the behavior of others and force them to conform our desires is beyond me." Ignoring the omission of the word "to"...as in, "conform to our desires" for the moment, let's just stop and contemplate for a minute the oddity which is a practicing attorney lamenting "why we try to control the behavior of others." Do you find it completely perplexing that an attorney fails to grasp the entire concept of our structured legal system? A legal system designed, implemented, and enforced to control the behavior of citizens, because the alternative, absent utopia, is chaotic anarchy. Perhaps the answer lies in a recent post from Ms. Bratcher in which she recounted supporting George McGovern as a young person, rebelling against the law-and-order philosophy of the Republican party. Was Lynne Bratcher one of those "do whatever feels good" turn-on, tune-in, drop-out counterculture kids who wanted to destroy the establishment?

    Ms. Bratcher walks close to the graphic edge when she writes--"but they had their LGBTQ brothers' backs." But...but....butt...let's leave it at that!

    "We abhor fascism." Excuse me? Where and why did Ms. Bratcher dredge up the term "fascism" in this posting?
    fas·cism
    noun: fascism; an authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization.

    Well, isn't it because in fact, Lynne Bratcher and many Liberal Democrats will quickly resort to the EXACT behavior which they so rapidly accuse others of being guilty of ? Fail to fall in line, and march lock-step in time with the Liberal Goose Steppers and they'll falsely label you an enemy of the state! One of those good-for-nothing intellectuals who deserves banishment in a wasteland gulag.

    If there was ANY doubt as to the lunatic company which Lynne Bratcher seeks solace with, please peruse the names which she thanks in her closing: Maria Chappelle-Nadal, exhibit A of the asylum inmates.

    Lynne Bratcher, the answer is blowing in the wind. The freedom which the LGBT community seeks, is the same freedom that others seek to have enforced, when they exercise their right to peacefully not participate in the LGBT lifestyle.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ld6fAO4idaI

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