Wednesday, April 08, 2009

As predicted

A popping sound could be heard all over America today: It was caused by the heads of wingnuts exploding when the Vermont legislature overrode the veto of marriage equality legislation by that state’s Republican governor. Vermont then became the first US state to successfully enact marriage equality through the legislative process (the California legislature passed marriage equality twice and the state’s Republican governor vetoed it twice).

Among my favourite wingnut reactions was this gem: “I await the volcanoes, the tsunamis, the hurricanes and hopefully, the destruction of Vt and its pacifist secular socialism by the Lord. I actually do want it to happen…” And, of course, by “Lord” the wingnut obviously meant Lord Voldemort.

Conservatives on the farther end of the spectrum—whether wingnut or less crazy—haven’t quite realised that they’re losing this war, one step at a time. I believe that the tide is turning and over the next few years these sorts of victories will become more common.

In any case, it makes me happy to see states do the right thing, as both Vermont and Iowa have recently, and it restores my faith in democracy. That, and I do enjoy the sound of wingnut heads exploding—it sounds like victory.

Well done, Vermont: You’ve done America proud. And special thanks to the Vermont citizens who worked tirelessly to make this victory happen. They deserve out thanks as well as out praise for a job well done.

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