Sunday, July 13, 2008

Sen. Paula Aboud rips the Arizona Senate

Right-wingers in the Arizona legislature tried to pass SCR 1042, which would place an anti-gay marriage amendment on this November's ballot. Out Arizona state Senator Paula Aboud (D-28) tried to filibuster on the last day of the legislative session so that the legislature would adjourn without the bill being heard. Republican senators blatantly violated the Senate's rules and cut off the filibuster by turning off the chamber's microphones while pro-LGBT legislators were speaking and then turning the floor over to anti-gay senators. SCR 1042 then went to a vote and received the bare minimum of 16 votes to pass.

This is a video of Sen. Aboud's reaction and subsequent explanation of her vote on SCR 1042:


Anonymous said...

(OKLAHOMA CITY) "Jesse Helms is DEAD -- Arch Homophobe Goes to Just Reward!!!"

This is the headline I gave recently to a posting from the New York Times I made on a yahoo group. A criticism leveled at me about this choice of words was that I was no better than Sally Kern and even though Helms was not generous to our LGBT cause he deserved respect as a human being.

I have to ask in this dawning of the age of Orwellian newspeak aren't adults still responsible for their words and actions unless it can be proven the adult in question is mentally deranged or under the influence of reality-altering substances?

Former Republican Senator Jesse Helms, from North Carolina, was a vociferous, vocal, vehement homo-hater (probably first among his favorite hatreds, with African-Americans being a close second) and he died earlier this month on the Fourth of July, the same day as Presidents Adams, Jefferson and Monroe. Tell me the sky gods and goddesses don't love campy humor!!

In the 1980's on the floor of the Senate Helms lead the fight against adequate AIDS-HIV funding, among other anti-gay gambits, for education when it would have made a difference in getting the news out about this deadly disease and what was known about it at the time. Remember that even President Reagan wouldn't say the "A" word until the last of his eight years in office.

The only equality Helms showed in his lifetime was his balanced disdain for all minorities, be it gender, skin color, sexual orientation, or ethnic origin.

As many of us know from the now famous YouTube video monologue, Oklahoma Republican Rep. Sally Kern has blasted gays as being worse than terrorists and Islam. She further amplified her analogy by comparing gays to toe cancer.

I have to wonder if Mrs. Kern used Senator Helms as a role model for her own intemperate remarks which she is sticking to as a tick sticks to your groin.

It's odd she never, ever, says the "L" word referring to lesbians. What are we to make of that? Does she approve of the same-gender female sexual orientation? If she could have her own way, oh Lord, would she only outlaw man-to-man sex? I'll leave that interpretaton to the licensed psychiatrists.

I think one important difference between Kern, Helms, and myself is that I'm not advocating mental or physical violence or defamation against anyone.

Nor am I comparing Kern or Helms to disagreeable diseases or activities that bring death and suffering to innocent people who only want to live a life much as others do, that is with security, responsibilities, and the benefits of the laws, justly drafted and upheld.

I'm only advocating for the full equality and protection of the law, both Federally and in the 50 states, for all citizens regardless of sexual orientation or gender presentation.

What bible-bangers pound in their own or others privacy is none of my business and I want them to leave me and my LGBT brothers and sisters alone!

But I can and will continue to comment on the actions of our LGBT movement's enemies, be they alive or dead, which they knowingly make, despite available knowledge that shows them to be as wrong as a sharp stick in the eye.

If our enemies prefer to stick their heads where the sun doesn't shine and remain ignorant, promoting this ignorance as the final word of their religious belief, insisting that this medieval dogma be passed into civil law, than I will speak and peacefully act out my firm disagreement.

The glass homophobic ceilings built by the backwardly religious or the double-speaking politicians and candidates of any party won't break unless they're pushed.

It's up to us and our allies to apply that pressure until the ceiling becomes a kaleidoscope.

It won't be done by others; it has to be done by us!

Anonymous said...

Senator Aboud has some really strong convictions and I applaud her efforts. Maybe we need to get more gays/lesbians elected across the USA to offset some of the bs republicans try to pass as law and then expect us to pass. It's hardly ever a democrat that votes in favor of a bill such as the marriage ban.

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