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NOM and the Right to Vote

NOM and the Right to Vote March 26, 2012

Of all the idiotic arguments offered by the anti-gay bigots, this one may be the dumbest of all. Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage is arguing that if Iowa doesn’t put same-sex marriage on the ballot as a referendum, they’re denying people the right to vote.

Referring to Senate Democrats’ refusal to advance the amendment and clear the way for a statewide vote, National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown invoked Martin Luther King, Jr., to suggest that it was the opponents of same-sex marriage whose civil rights were threatened.

“We hear that this is about civil rights, and that those of us who oppose the redefinition of marriage are somehow bigots,” Brown said. “And yet, what Dr. Martin Luther King called the most important civil right – the right to vote – these very same folks are trying to deprive us of this right.”

No, you moron. Martin Luther King was objecting to denying black people the right to vote on an equal footing with white people, not the right to a popular vote on every policy he objected to. In fact, the exact opposite is true, he argued, as does anyone who supports liberty and equality, that oppressive laws passed democratically are still oppressive. You don’t put basic rights up to a popular vote.

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