You know, I think I need to thank the Minnesota GOP for its decision to push through an anti-same-sex-marriage amendment.
Don’t get me wrong; I don’t support the amendment. I couldn’t oppose it more if it was a proposed constitutional amendment to execute me. It is an affront to liberty, to civil rights, to equal protection under the law, and to basic human decency.
That’s why I want to thank them for it.
Because the Minnesota Republican Party has staked its position, now and forever, on the wrong side of history. They have relegated themselves to the same dark place as those who once defended whites’-only drinking fountains. As those who denied women the right to vote. As those who put Japanese-Americans into detention camps during World War II. And their bigotry will not be remembered as somehow less fulsome because they have hidden it behind weasel-words, like “we just want the debate.” Southerners defended states’ rights, too — which is why we remember “states’ rights” as code for racism.
The GOP laid bare the hatred at its core this weekend. With four exceptions in the House, and with none in the Senate, the GOP pushed this hateful amendment through. It was supported by the leadership in both houses, invoked by a hateful prayer from a self-styled preacher who has previously called for the death of homosexuals. And that is the other reason I want to thank the Minnesota GOP. Because while I knew, intellectually, just how awful this party has become, I didn’t feel it, like a punch in the gut, until I saw the vote tally late Saturday night. For the Minnesota legislature has now voted to codify bigotry in the state constitution, and that is something that any decent human should view with horror.
So thank you, Minnesota GOP, for slapping me upside the head with your hate. Rest assured, I will take the opportunity to do whatever I can do to help defeat you and this hateful amendment in 2012. I will donate whatever time and money I am able to, I will phone bank, I will door knock, I will march in parades, and I will support others who do the same. I will not rest until you receive the results next November that all bigots deserve — complete and utter defeat.