A lot of people are lying or double-dealing about Same-Sex Marriage lately….
Anti-SSM Signature Gatherers Trick Voters Into Signing Petitions
The Boston Globe reports that anti-equality signature gatherers have used trickery to get people to sign the anti-gay-marriage initiative petition.
She said that when she signed the wine initiative, a woman who was collecting names told her that she needed to sign somewhere else, too. Only when she pressed, Sacks said, was she told that the second signature was for the gay-marriage question.
”I was so upset about the whole thing,” said Sacks, a freelance researcher who lives in Worcester. ”It was completely egregious. It was completely misleading. It was completely incorrect.”
The pro-gay marriage group MassEquality[...] said yesterday that they have received more than 40 complaints so far.
UPDATE: A new Boston Globe article on this issue.
Anti-SSM Leaders Cite Fake Medical Organization
The Canadian Conference on Catholic Bishops and The Bishop of Calgary are among the many anti-SSM folks to cite a group called “The American College of Pediatricians,” which claims that scientific evidence shows that children are endangered if they’re raised by same-sex couples. Boy, a group called “The American College of Pediatricians” must be official and scientific, right?
Actually, the “ACP” is an anti-gay front group with a single employee. It seems likely that they use a deceptive name in hopes that people will confuse them with an actual medical organization, the 60,000-member American Academy of Pediatrics.
Howard Dean Thinks Being Anti-SSM Is Only Objectionable In Republicans
The Washington Blade notes that Howard Dean has been ripping into Governor Arnold for his vetoing of same-sex marriage. But Dean himself is anti-SSM in the same way Arnold is, saying that Vermont’s existing civil union laws – which are very similar to California’s existing domestic partnership laws – should be good enough for queers. How can Dean call Arnold a homophobe for supporting the exact same status quo that Dean himself favors in Vermont? What a hypocrite!
More Anti-SSM Lies About The Netherlands
This post on the Brussels Journal website makes it sound as if polygamous marriage has been legalized in the Netherlands – causing it to be linked to by SSM opponents far and wide: “Victor de Bruijn (46) from Roosendaal ‘married’ both Bianca (31) and Mirjam (35) in a ceremony before a notary who duly registered their civil union.”
But Lee Badgett, an economist at the University of Massachusetts who has studied the impact of SSM in the Netherlands, says the translation isn’t honest:
This article is ridiculous. Don’t be fooled—Dutch law does not allow [legally recognized] polygamy, including legal recognition for this kind of threesome. The Dutch registered partnership law (see below) very clearly does not allow this kind of partnership. The blogger whose link you quote mistranslated (deliberately, I suspect) the Dutch word “samenlevingscontract”, which is a private cohabitation contract that this threesome apparently signed, as “civil union” and “marriage”. But “civil unions” don’t exist in the Netherlands…the correct legal term is registered partnerships (the proper translation of the Dutch term).
From Book 1 of Dutch Civil Code (translated by Ian Sumner and Hans Warendorf):
1. A person may only be involved in one registered partnership with one other person whether of the same or of opposite sex at any one time.
2. Persons who enter into a registered partnership may not at the same time be married.
“Bi-Positional” Mayor of NYC Praises SSM in Public, Opposes It In Court
And NYC mayor Mike Bloomburg, who vocally courted the queer-friendly vote (which is pretty essential in New York City) and stated his support for same-sex marriage, has been quietly fighting SSM in court.