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Edie Windsor, the plaintiff in the DOMA case that was heard yesterday at the Supreme Court, summed up the case better than any of the lawyers or Jurists ever could: “If Thea’s name had been Theo…”. Brilliantly pointing out the absurdity of our stupid laws that force gay Americans to live as second-class citizens.

One letter in a name; one X chromosome; that is what it’s about. Because Edie and Thea were legally married according to the laws of New York, Edie shouldn’t have had to pay $363,000.00 in Death Taxes when Thea died after a long battle with MS. But because a homophobic Congress passed a stupid law called the “Defense of Marriage Act” (and because that horndog Bubba signed it), she got ripped off, big time, by her own government.

Politicians love to squawk about the Death Tax, and give speeches about how evil it is: many of the loudest squawkers are, however, also supporters of DOMA. So it’s once again, one letter that determines the degree of their hypocrisy. If you’re straight, Estate Taxes are badbadbad; if you’re gay, they are a just and righteous punishment upon you – so say the homophobic bigots who have been running the show around here for the past few decades.

One letter in a name should not give the government license to discriminate, to steal, to ruin the lives of taxpaying citizens. But until DOMA goes away, that one letter will continue to do so.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

The plaintiff in this week’s DOMA (“Defense Of Marriage Act”) case that hits the Supremes this Wednesday had $363,000.00  stolen from her by the government because, and only because, she was gay.  No other reason.

You see, Ms. Windsor (an early computer scientist with IBM) and her partner got married legally, and their marriage was recognized by the State of New York. But the Feds don’t recognize such unions, and after her wife died, she was obliged to fork over a third of a million dollars that she would not have had to pay had she been a straight married woman. Think of it as a “Gay Tax”.

If you are a Republican who believes in lower taxes and smaller government, you cannot also support DOMA, because it imposes unjust taxes on certain citizens, and is a result of Big Brother governmental intrusion into our private lives. If you are a Repub, therefore, and  support DOMA, you’re a hateful, hypocritical bigot,

If you are a Christian whose church has tax-empt status  and you  support DOMA, you’re a hateful, hypocritical bigot who is making someone else pay your bills for you. Look up “usury” in the Bible and see what it says.

If you are a Libertarian and  support DOMA, you’re a  hateful, hugely hypocritical bigot.

If you are black and support DOMA, you’re you’re a  hateful, hugely hypocritical bigot who has no memory of anything that happened prior to this century. Read up on the Civil RIghts struggle, slavery, and such.

No matter who you are in our country, this writer is pretty sure you don’t like the idea of Uncle Sam jacking people out of thousands of dollars. Unless, of course, they are part of a group that you don’t like, in which case you’re OK with it.

Which makes you a hateful, hypocritical bigot.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky