The Free States (for now)

Dan Savage once said that the states that would protect queer couples’ civil right to marry just like any straight couple would someday be known as “free states” just like in pre-Civil War days when only some states considered people of African descent to be as human as people from European descent.

Today, in 2004, based on the votes of the two senators states have chosen to represent them, these are the states that are one step closer to being free states, because both senators voted “nay” to the FMA:

Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Lousiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin. If you live in one of these states, make sure you vote to keep your senators in office!

In these states, discrimination is being upheld by both bigots currently representing the people of these states:
Alabama, Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennesee, Texas, Utah, Wyoming. Vote these people out of office, and harass them by any means necessary to tell them bigotry is unconstitutional.

In the other states the senators cancelled each other out, one voting for the FMA, and one against. Click here to see more details.

Of course, there is more to come. This is only the beginning. And I hate that our -resident is even making this and issue, to distract from the failures of his four years of dictatorship: failed foreign policy, failed economy, life is worse than when Clinton left office, and all we have is a big debt to show for it. Only Halliburton and the Saudi oil companies are happy. Oh, and of course the Bush family.


~ by realsupergirl on July 15, 2004.

5 Responses to “The Free States (for now)”

  1. Kerry abstained for Massachusetts. Ted Kennedy voted against the amendment, of course, but both Kerry and Edwards did not vote.

  2. Well, although nays had only 2 more votes than the yeses, apparently the bigots needed something like 60 votes to pass this POS. No big surprise that our own Gordon Smith voted for it, but shame on him for running on a pro-queer rights campaign. He even got HRC’s endorsement. He should be ashamed of himself and I’ll tell him so in my follow-up email.
    Thanks for posting this. Do you know why Kerry and Edwards aren’t voting. Is it just because they are campaigning? 🙂 Fawn

  3. I’m guessing Kerry and Edwards abstained in order to keep Bush from trying to make it a “wedge issue” he can use against them.

  4. So, there’s what, like, 10 states now that don’t have a law or constituional amendment banning gay marriage outright? By that reckoning, Oregon is one of a small number of free states.

    (HRC says that Oregon has a law that defines marriage as only between a man and a woman (or between a husband and a wife), but I think the language in our state constitution is vaguer than that. In any case, our Attorney General opines that a strong gender-equality based interpretation of our Constitution will lead the state Supreme Court to rule that limiting marriage to one man and one woman is unconstitutional. But i digress….) Read more here:

  5. Yes, this is another very good way to think of “free states.”

    I am very eager for the first Supreme Court battles to occur – I am sure they are coming, a la Brown v. Board – in which queer couples get married in Massachusetts, Canada, or some other civilized place, and then challenge other states laws for violating their civil rights. And then we’ll start seeing which states truly want to be and are “free.”

    Maybe we’ll even have a another Civil War, between right wing Christian bigots and the rest of the country.

    Of course, in 1865, we were lucky to have an anti-slavery president, and in 1965 we were lucky to have anti-segregation leaders in office, whereas now, in 2004, we have a homophobic fuck who was never actually elected in office.

    God I hope Kerry wins.

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