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Looking on the bright side ...



Apart from the revocation of marriage rights in Maine, things didn't go all that badly for the gays, electionwise. ---

The fair-minded voters of Kalamazoo, Mich., approved the city's newly enacted anti-discrimination ordinance by a hefty margin. The ordinance guarantees basic protections against housing and job discrimination for LGBT citizens. The ballot question was brought by a group of anti-gays with the usual bogus arguments: the ordinance grants "special rights," makes it illegal to think bad thoughts about gay people, and brings churches under the control of radical atheist humanists. Happily, Kalamazooans were not fooled.

Anti-gays in Washington were likewise unable to revoke the state's domestic-partnership law, which guarantees gay and lesbian Washingtonians explicitly all rights afforded to other married couples (except the right to the word "marriage"). The folks who organized the referendum were het up on many grounds

Grammatical: They objected to a rather mundane, utilitarian clause which specified the words "husband" and "wife" should be interpreted as gender-neutral where necessary to implement the domestic partnership law.

Paranoid: They worried that the domestic-partnership law would encourage gays to sue for the right to use the word "marriage." 

Psychological: They argued that kids who grow up in families headed by parents of the same sex turn out to be maladjusted and perhaps insane.

Prophetic: They predicted that legal recognition of LGBT relationships will lead to infringements on their right to bully gays and call them names.

Scholastic: Kids in school will be brainwashed to "accept" the existence of gay people. 

Lexicographic: It's tantamount to redefining the word "marriage", which will cause all kinds of headaches for dictionary publishers.  

Fortunately, Washingtonians are no more gullible than their counterparts in Kalamazoo.