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A lot of Americans agree with Ol’ Pooty-Poot. You might think we are oh-so-enlightened, but don’t kid yourselves: all too many of us still hates them some LGBT folks. Haters in and out of government.

For example, here is an evangelical “Christian” pastor who will soon be tried for crimes against humanity. Said crimes being helping to slaughter untold numbers of gay Ugandans. That, dear reader, is some serious hate.

It’s all over the country: Kenny Coochy in Virginia, unconstitutional arrests for being gay around the nation, to name but a very few.

Yes, Russia deserves the condemnation it is receiving for its outlandish anti-gay pogrom. Open all the cans of whoop-ass you can find upon them. But perhaps you should also save a can or two for the many homophobic idiots here at home, too.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

Don’t believe it? Here is the proof. Those same “Republicans” who want the government off our backs want that same government to dictate what we do when one of us is on our backs. So, they are jailing people for being gay, and never mind what the Supreme Court says. From the link:

“Same-sex couples in North Carolina and Texas have been arrested for “homosexuality conduct” in recent years. And as the Louisiana debacle illustrates, overzealous law enforcement officers feel enabled by the law to arrest, prosecute, and generally humiliate gay people simply for being gay.”

These are the same people who claim to want smaller government. It is clear that what “Republicans” really want is less government for themselves and those who bribe them, and lots of government for the rest of us. Even if you are not gay, this should give you pause.

The constitutional rights of gays are being violated (as seen here). The constitutional rights of women are being violated (reproductive matters). The constitutional rights of all Americans are being violated (via the NSA monitoring programs). We are all at risk, people, regardless of skin color, chromosomes, or any other characteristic you might care to consider.

Defend your rights by defending those of LGBT Americans. As Benjamin Franklin once said, “If we do not hang together, we shall surely hang separately.”

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

Contrary to much crap being spewed about these days, we do not live on a nation where the majority can do whatever-the-hell we want whenever the mood strikes us. Yes, we hear people bellow “the American people have the power to decide about (fill in the blank here – gays, guns, gynecology, or another Flavor of The Month) and the Gummint and the Courts had better not get in our way”, but they are pretty often full of fertilizer.

Our nation’s laws are based upon a Constitution (as are those of the states), and any law that is enacted must, repeat must be in compliance with said Constitution. Period. End of friggin’ story.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky mentions this because he has noticed lots of confusion around the notion of who can make law, and what sorts of laws can be made. From Southern states trying to reintroduce Jim Crow, to Justice Roberts quaking with fear about public opinion on “gay marriage”, to various religious and political demagogues whipping the ignorant into frenzy after frenzy, these zeebs would have you believe that we can overturn or rewrite established precedent just with a loud shriek of our collective larynxes.

Nope, it doesn’t work that way. And thank God for such small mercies. People can’t just take a vote and then go put chains on black folk, or take away women’s rights to vote, or make it legal to barbecue illegal immigrants, or any of the other crazy-assed ideas one hears in the chaotic and nonsensical noise bomb that we call our national discourse. We cannot. do. that. s***.

So nut up, you “Justices” and Jurists; grow some, you “Distinguished Gentlemen and Gentlewomen” who are supposed to be running the country based on our votes and laws. And most importantly, we citizens have to pay attention, show some spine, and not let ourselves be jerked around by con artists and snake-oil salesmen peddling lies disguised as laws.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

Yesterday, at the Supreme Court, the backers of California’s gay-hating piece of crap Proposition 8 (which outlaws marriage between people of the same gender) came up with this ludicrous bit of specious nonsense legal rationale to justify their hatred of gays support of the law: they claim that the only reason to get married is to make babies and raise them. The Supremes (literally) mocked this notion and the audience laughed at Charles Cooper, the poor schlub who had to try to sell the Court on this idea.

Mr. and Mrs. Blunt and Cranky are not on their first marriage: indeed, their children were pretty much grown and had flown the nest by the time they crankily tied the knot. And they cannot have more children (although to be honest, at this time of life, grandbabies are a lot more fun anyway). So, since procreation is the purpose of marriage, this would seem to mean that this marriage between two straight Americans should be illegal according to the Prop 8 Backers.

When pressed by the Justices, Mr. Cooper could not talk his way out the hole he dug with his legal reasoning. Which means that whether you are gay or straight, if you can’t make babies, the backers of California’s Existing Constitutional Law are saying that your marriage is illegal.

Fortunately, the Cranky Fam does not reside in Californ-ai-ay, but in Ohio. Unfortunately, Ohio also has outlawed same-sex marriages, and for all we know, the backers of that law think the same way as the whackadoodles who are backing the Left Coast Law. Which would mean that millions of Americans could wind up getting ripped off by the IRS, Insurance companies, and lawyers; just like gay folk get ripped off right now.

Think you don’t have a dog in the same-sex marriage fight? Think again, Gentle Reader. This type of reasoning, if allowed to stand, could put straight people in the same second-class-citizen status that gay people presently occupy in our nation.

Yes, maybe you should care because of basic human kindness, Christian charity or some such reasoning. This writer does. But let’s say you don’t give two s***s about the Gays, Lesbians, and Transgender individuals who are your fellow citizens: you should at least be aware that after these thinly-disguised Puritans take away the rights of GLBT people, they will take away yours next.

Want your marriage rights protected? Stand up for the marriage rights of others. As Thomas Jefferson said, “If we do not all hang together, we shall all surely hang separately”.

Mr. B & C

“So,” the Cranky One hears you ask, “what does an actor’s wedding have to do with policy”?. Quite a lot in this case. You see, Jim Nabors is gay, and has been in a relationship for 38 years.

38 years of being denied insurance benefits, access in emergencies, all the basic rights that married straights like this writer take for granted. Full disclosure: Mr. & Mrs. Blunt and Cranky have been married for a far shorter period of time than have Mr. and Mr. Nabors. But we have more legal rights than they have had. How messed up is that?

True to form, the legendary actor did not whine or preach. He just flew to Seattle and got hitched . Why Seattle? Because the smart folks in Washington State legalized equal marriage rights for gay folk. That is where the policy piece comes in.

You see, the Constitution says not one word about gays. So any law that discriminates against them is (you guessed ‘er, Chester) unconstitutional. More and more citizens, states, localities and jurists are acknowledging this simple fact and updating policies to reflect the law.

Bravo to The Nabors, Seattle, and any other people or places that live out the “created equal” phrase in our founding documents.

Mr. B & C