07 April 2010

Against the tide, meanly

In a final expression of the deep mean-spiritedness of "traditional values", Constance McMillen, the Mississippi lesbian teenager who won the right to bring a female date to the prom (background here and here) was directed to a fake event in order to exclude her from the real one. More at Dissenting Justice and Pharyngula.

That's what it has come to: a cruel, petty deception against an 18-year-old. A few weeks ago, almost nobody had heard of Itawamba County Agricultural High School; now it will be known around the world, for this.

Here are a couple more news items I spotted recently. Registered voters in California now support gay marriage 52%-40%, implying that Prop. 8 would lose heavily if it were re-voted today. And 50% of Americans say they would support an openly-gay President -- something difficult to imagine even a few years ago. The tide is turning, and fast. The bigots will still have their little victories here and there, for a while; but in the end they will lose, and their children will be ashamed of them.


Blogger mendip said...

Hmmm, I hate to brag about ignorance and creepineess, but...Mississippi may try, but Virginia is leagues ahead of them in the profitable business of reactionary politics. Our government isn't wasting its time on a single lesbian trying to go to a dance. They're trying to resurrect the whole Confederacy! When you're looking for Hate, accept no substitutes, stick with the Old Dominion, (there's a reason the South put its capital here....).

07 April, 2010 17:09  
Blogger Oso said...

Bastards,to do that to a kid.

Good news about support for gay marriage here,although the Christians and Right whackos got pretty rabid promoting prop 8.

Speaking of religion, I put up a "response" to your post on atheism at Mikes, check it out if you get a chance.

07 April, 2010 20:24  
Blogger dotlizard said...

Did they really think that no one was going to notice that the only people at the "prom" were gay or developmentally disabled? Really? The worst writer on the worst sitcom of all time could do better than that ... drunk! I mean come on.

It's times like this I'm extra-thankful for the internet, and for the swift ferocity of viral shaming.

As to the tide turning, I'm reminded of a quote by Iowa State Senator Mike Gronstal, who was quoted on the subject:

"One of my daughters was in the workplace one day, and, in her particular workplace at that moment in time, there were a whole bunch of conservative, older men. And those guys were talking about gay marriage—they were talking about discussions going on across the country—and my daughter Kate, after listening to it for about 20 minutes, said to them: 'You guys don't understand. You've already lost. My generation doesn't care.'"

07 April, 2010 21:34  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Mendip: That new administration in Virginia is rather a trip, all right.

Oso: Well, let them get rabid. It's all the more tasty when we finally beat them.

GL: Oh, I'm sure they expected her to notice when she got there. The whole purpose was to hurt her feelings, after all. That's how bullies operate. It's that "viral shaming" they don't get the implications of.

Good story from Gronstal.

08 April, 2010 02:50  

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