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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

This drives me FRIGGING INSANE

What is it about Californians (and yes, I AM one) that makes them think they're the only people on earth? Why do they think they are so special? Why are they so smug about how special they are, and how repulsive the rest of us are? What am I ranting about? Read here, on Margaret Cho's blog:

In the midst of all the chaos caused by Hurricane Katrina, something quite remarkable quietly unfolded in California. An Equal Rights Marriage Bill, which would make gay marriage legal in our state, passed in the Senate AND the Assembly. This means that California could be the first state to vote against discriminatory marriage laws and make it legal for the rest of us – IF it is signed by our governor, Arnold Schwarznegger. He said yesterday that he will veto it - probably to please all the conservative religious groups. Just like the terminator – he holds the future in his hands…

Um, hello Margaret. Gay marriage has been legal in Massachusetts for a year and a half. MA was the first state to legalize same sex marriage, not California. Vermont also has a law that allows same sex unions, but they do not call them marriages. And New York and CT just passed similar laws, but have not yet gone into practice. If you read a damn newspaper, or even poked your ignorant head out of California, you might find that the rest of the country aren't a bunch of rural rubes so stupid and so bigoted that we have to follow California in order to get anything done.

OK, rant over. Well, maybe not. I just HATE the smug attitude of so many Californians, especially those from the SF Bay area, that firmly believe they live in paradise and the rest of us are wallowing in bubbaland. Guess what? We're progressive, we're smart, and we're liberal. Any state that votes for Arnold for governator ought be be shoved right into the pacific ocean. I mean, really. Wasn't Reagan bad enough? Do you have to repeat your mistakes and vote for another conservative rabid actor?

I'm done now.
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Blogger nita said...

i was at a beautiful civil union in stowe this past weekend. yay lesbians!

14/9/05 7:22 PM  
Blogger Belinda said...

Hee. Hee, hee.

14/9/05 8:52 PM  
Blogger margalit said...

Iknow, I'm an east coast elitist snob that happened by some mistake of genetics to be born into a Californian family. I rectified the situation early on, and only made the mistake of returning once, for 3 years under the mistaken idea that my kids would have a better life there. You know, weather isn't everything. The fact that CA has no culture whatsoever beyond the culture of plastic surgery is depressing enough, but why do the residents all have this idea that everything is better in CA, was invented in CA, and we all are just jealous because we don't live there. Not me... I'm glad to be gone.

14/9/05 10:36 PM  
Blogger Kara said...

hetero married person from the bastion of gay freedom (a.k.a. massachusetts) here.
wanna know a secret? anybody consenting adult who loves another consenting adult and is blessed enough to have that love reciprocated can get married here. and we haven't all fallen into a big firey pit (but we do have to deal with Mitt Romney- that's kind of the same thing). and my own marriage isn't diminished ow weakened in any way. in fact, it's better. and i have students with two mommys and two daddys who are loved with all the breath they have in their bodies. and we're all okay.
here's an idea: love your families, love your children, love your neighbors, help somebody who has less than you do.
massachusetts is wicked cool.

15/9/05 12:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She's talking about the legislature, not the judicial branch.

"This means that California could be the first state to vote against discriminatory marriage laws.."

Same-sex marriage became legal in MA last year not because it passed by vote in the legislature there, but because of a court ruling.

23/9/05 3:07 PM  

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