Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Vote Yes for Bigotry on Prop 102

Arizona has got to be one of the stupidest states when it comes to our yearly avalanche of pointless ballot propositions (some states call them referendums). I'm sure the original intentions of propositions were noble, but it has turned into an outlet for any wingnut with too much time on their hands and too much money to hijack our state laws.

Every year we have to wade through about 20 of these things. Most people don't research what they are very much before voting and so assume that things like the Payday Loans Reform Act are actually something good. Payday loans are ridiculously priced and able to get around normal interest rate limits. Places that give these loans prey on those of us least able to pay. So, when you see something that says that it is going to reform how payday loan places operate and limit the amount they can charge, you assume that is a good thing. But, then you see who is funding the promotion of the act -- the payday loan places themselves. Fishy. It turns out they are just trying to get their version of a bill out there because an existing law that gave payday loan places a pass on having to observe the states 36% usury rate limit is set to expire soon. The effective rate of interest on payday loans approaches 400%.

You'll have to forgive me, but letting these places write their own law would be like ... well, it would be like letting energy companies write our energy policy. Wait ... I guess that's actually what happened. Bad example. But you get the point.

The real point of my post is Proposition 102 - "Only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state." They can dress it up any way they want, but it's straight-up hate mongering. I'm sick of people who hide behind their bibles and use it to ease their conscience of bigotry, racism and war-loving.

I just love the happy, peppy graphics and the family-oriented video. If Hitler would have had this ad agency, people might not have thought he was such a bad dude. The flyer I got in the mail today is more of the same. I'm fighting the urge to do some creative editing to it and send it back to them.

Again, like in the case of payday loan proposition, it's important to see who wants it to pass. In the immortal words of Deep Throat, "Follow the money."

The biggest contributors are :

The Crisis Pregnancy Center - whose answer to teen pregnancy is:

Unlike so-called "comprehensive" sex education, we desire to communicate a clear message: one solution and one approach that never changes and is always 100 percent effective. That solution and approach to teen sexuality is abstinence-until-marriage (ATM)

They are actively against abortion, contraception ... anything other than abstinence.

Focus on the Family Action - Do I really even need to say anything about this? I give you two words -- James Dobson. 'Nuff said.

And finally, a huge number of Mormon Church members:

... of the 190 contributions of $10,000 or higher, 70 came from Mesa Arizona — home to Arizona’s oldest LDS Temple and a very significant Mormon population. Mesa contributors include three of the four $100,000 contributors. In fact, the temple is located on a street named for the family of one of those $100,000 contributors — David and Nancy LeSueur.

Mesa is basically Salt Lake City South. I love the irony of a bunch of Mormons pushing a law that defines marriage as being between "one man and ONE woman". It's apparently intentional so that they can convince people that their polygamist days are behind them. Whatever. They may convince people that they are not polygamists, but they can't convince me that they are not bigots.

Here's a full list of the contributors: Notifications of Contributions to Ballot Measure Committees


Laura said...

People need to stop conflating the very separate issues of a legally recognized partnership and a religiously recognized partnership. That is the root of this problem. If marriage is completely defined based on religious rules - then why do we allow Atheists to get married? The plain fact is that it is NOT only a religious ceremony but it is a legal contract. The contract should be open to any two consenting adults. The ceremony part of it should be left up to the various religious institutions to squabble over.

dbackdad said...

Laura - Exactly. I could care less if some church recognizes my marriage or anyone's marriage. The point is that same-sex couples should be afforded the same benefits (taxes, insurance, etc.) legally that married couples are.

This proposition is an attempt to legislate a religious belief.

wunelle said...

You hit your mark with this one. What an odious group of motions. Shame on the people pushing this offal.

This business of using one's jesus to bludgeon others and deprive them of the rights granted the rest of us by the state--the same state into whose coffers we ALL must pay--is bullshit. It's anti-democratic and frankly immoral. If your jesus is unhappy with the arrangement, let him pass his judgment when he meets for that purpose; if he's OMNIPOTENT, he ought to be able to take care of his own issues.

shrimplate said...

We got those flashy mailings. Shiny happy people scare the hell out of me. We'll be voting no on 102.

I'm not underestimating Arizona voters. There will probably be a big turnout. Democratic registrations are outpacing Republicans. There's faint hope that our fellow 'Zoners could make us proud by doing the right thing and trashing these crappy propositions.

dbackdad said...

SP - I do have hope for the Zonie's in most of the elections. Our congressional delegation is probably going to be shaken up and a little more equitable after the election.

I hope you are right about the propositions.