"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius
Here's a far less biased write up being that it is not from a murdoch newspaper unlike the OP.
In the end, these kiss-ins/kiss-offs are just one more way the gay community misses the mark. You want to call it a civil rights issue? Then don't act the clown. If gays want their civil rights -- if it really is a civil rights issue, then the way to do that is to convince the US Congress of that fact and get "sexual orientation" added to The Civil Rights Act. Unless and until the Federal government does that, it's not a civil right guaranteed by the US Constitution...it's at a whim of each individual state.
Thank you, Quazi!
“Mr. Speaker, I once again find myself compelled to vote against the annual budget resolution for a very simple reason: it makes government bigger.” ― Ron Paul
Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of Liberty. – Thomas Jefferson
I think that there are very few people who have strong opinion about gay marriage.
I think that most people who hold an opinion don't hold the opinion very strongly. Not that they could be easily swayed, but that they have many things higher on their agenda sheets.
So anything which detracts from the message, like trying to bully someone into shutting up about their opinion on the matter, detracts from the potential support.
I may be wrong.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Pub.L. 88-352, 78 Stat. 241, enacted July 2, 1964) was a landmark piece of legislation in the United States that outlawed major forms of discrimination against racial, ethnic, national and religious minorities and women. It ended unequal application of voter registration requirements and racial segregation in schools, at the workplace and by facilities that served the general public ("public accommodations").I do agree with you that it changed no one's mind. But it did change their actions.Civil Rights Act of 1991 provided for the right to trial by jury on employment discrimination claims and introduced the possibility of emotional distress damages, while limiting the amount that a jury could award.
As a Realtor, I've seen more than my share of attempted housing discrimination against blacks, even today. The Civil Rights Act and Fair Housing? People may think it . . . but they don't/can't do it.
Last edited by MaggieD; 08-05-12 at 10:03 AM.
Thank you, Quazi!