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Wednesday, August 04, 2004 
"Salus populi," but not those populi* 
Dear Missouri:
Yeah, well, we don't like you either.

(I refer, of course, to the vote to amend the Missouri state constitution to prevent same-sex marriage; I think I'll have to start calling it "Mister-and-Missusouri." [Not that I usually call it anything; I can't remember the last time I talked or wrote about Missouri at all. {After a find-in-files search on my entire computer: Okay, once: it's in a New York Times article quote that I posted during the Democratic primaries in February.}])

Although—I'm trying to look on the bright side here—every state that votes to change its own constitution is another reason not to change the U.S. Constitution. Hey, if the states are banning it themselves, the country doesn't need to ban it, does it? And that seems to be the only argument that works right now, anyway, and the only one that conservatives can get behind (including, recently and notably, Lynne "Don't ask about my lesbian daughter" Cheney): Leave it up to the states! Small government, remember? And then, if in two or five or ten or eighty years, the people of the states that vote against same-sex marriage now decide that, hey, maybe it's not such a bad thing after all, it'll be a lot easier to individually amend the amendments of those state constitutions that it would be to change the U.S. Constitution again.

So, apart from this bit of carping, I'm not going to get too bent out of shape about it. I'll reserve that for the president and members of the U.S. Congress and anyone else who's trying to f!ck with us on a national level. And it's not like I was planning to spend a lot of money vacationing in Mister-and-Missusouri anyway...

* Missouri's state motto: "Salus populi suprema lex esto"—"Let the welfare of the people be the supreme law."

[ at 11:40 AM • by Abby • permalink  ]

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