Sunday, March 04, 2007

Largo's problem in a nutshell

This quote from the Miami Herald narrows the problem with Stanton's firing down to the bare bones:
''I do not feel he has the integrity, nor the trust, nor the respect, nor the confidence to continue as the city manager of the city of Largo,'' said Commissioner Mary Gray Black, who introduced the resolution to fire Stanton.

''They're saying, we don't want to fire him because he's transsexual, we want to fire him because he won't get support from his staff,'' said Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. "This was said when women were put in charge of people. When African Americans were first put in charge of people. It's just embarrassing that we as a society seem to learn about it a group at a time.''
And that's just it: this is EXACTLY THE SAME as bigotry and discrimination against blacks (the Jim Crow laws, for example) or women. Or Catholics. Or Native Americans. Or gays. Or people over sixty. Exactly the same damn thing.

And guess what? Mike Kelly and John Coghill and those like them are trying not just to make it LEGAL to discriminate against people who are in committed relationships with people of the same gender (and just how do we determine that? DNA testing? secondary sexual characteristics? what? what about hermaphrodites? where does that leave them?)--no, they're trying to REQUIRE that we discriminate.

This prevents cities or villages from bucking the trend, too. Here's the language of the advisory vote question:
Shall the legislature adopt a proposed amendment to the state constitution to be considered by the voters at the 2008 general election that would prohibit the state, or a municipality or other subdivision of the state, from providing employement benefits to same-sex partners of public employees and to same-sex partners of public employee retirees?
In other words, even a local branch of government can't make the decision for itself. It's a top-down governmental prohibition. This ought to get the Libertarian crowd pissed off. I hope.

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