Gay and Lesbian People: Not a Minority?

There's an in-depth piece about the civil unions and marriage ban, discrimination, and the constitution in today's Capital Times.

The whole article is definitely worth reading, but I just have to pull out these quotes from Julaine Appling of the Family Research Institute:

For the constitutional ban on gay marriage to raise civil rights concerns, Appling argues, gay men and lesbians would have to be a "legitimate minority."

"And they're not," she says.

According to sociologists, Appling says, gay men and women would have to share three characteristics in order for the constitutional ban to rise to the level of a civil rights issue.

"You have to have an immutable characteristic, you have to have financial deprivation and you have to have political powerlessness." Gay men and lesbians, Appling says, "don't have any of those.

"They certainly aren't economically deprived," she adds. "They definitely aren't politically powerless. And I've met many, many, many former homosexuals, but I've never met a former black man or a former Chinese man."

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At 4:25 PM, Blogger Jolie said...

According to phrenologists (depending of course on who you ask) they can tell by the lumps on your head how big of a mouth you'll need to swallow your whole leg.


At 4:59 PM, Anonymous Buck said...

Interesting. According to Pastor Carrington, it is not a civil rights issue if you discriminate against someone based upon a choice that they made. So it would be okay to discriminate against him or anyone else because of the religion that they choose to practice?

At 5:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, those using the whole "choice" argument as a means to say it's not a civil-rights issue have basically pulled the ladder up once they got protection for their choice...a real choice i might practice whatever religion they choose. lovely, ain't it.

At 10:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Julaine appalling, that's more like it.

At 7:45 AM, Anonymous Todd said...

What else is appalling in the article? Marquette University professor Gordon Hylton arguing that Constitutions haven't always been used to extend rights...because the 13th Amendment of the US Constitution takes away our right to sell ourselves into slavery.

I'm not kidding. Read the article. That's what he says.

With him, and that Christopher Wolfe guy, one wonders what passes for an education at Marquette. Are they all like that? Do they teach emancipation as an unfortunate denial of rights?


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