Wednesday, November 04, 2009

There's not enough chlorine in the world!

Here's a sign that hangs at the public pool where I swim in the summers:
There are a ton of these pools around the city --all WPA projects--. During lap swim, the pool clears out and I frequently paddle past snack wrappers, clumps of hair, used Band-Aids. This sign is always a good reminder: Urinating, Discharge of Fecal Matter, Spitting or Blowing the Nose in the Pool is Prohibited! You know that they wouldn't have created that sign if e) all of the above had not been committed in the public pool! I used to think this sign was only hysterical, disgustingly hysterical!

But the general public is being allowed to vote on my rights and your rights! The sickening vote yesterday in Maine (prop 8, round 2) took away marriage equality in that state. If Loving vs. Virginia had been put to a vote, Obama would be a bastard child. If the Civil Rights act had been put to a vote, our President would be in the back of an Alabama bus. How is it that today equal civil rights are being voted on by majority/mob rule?

These are mammals who have to be told not to shit in the swimming pool.


MRIX MUZIK said...

Oh that's a pretty message... Makes me just want to dive right in!

MRIX MUZIK said...

Oh that's a pretty visual. Makes me just want to strip down and jump right in!

Auntie M said...

An interesting question from the Guardian Weekly newspaper in an article this week about gender/sex in sports: What happens when one partner in a marriage undergoes a sex change? Is their marriage canceled?

Carmel said...

Great post, Jesse.

Bob Frank said...

You have made an excellent point, one that I have also been trying to hit home. One group of people should not have the power to give or take away the civil rights of another group of people. Our courts are not following the Constitution: Any state that does not allow same sex marriage is breaking the Constitution, even if marriage is a right given to the states.

Tony said...

Hey Jesse -

Bob Frank is right. The 14th Amendment says:
"No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States..." So a state law denying marriage rights to same sex couples is unconstitutional on its face.
Furthermore, (sorry to repeat something said here before, but it's important) Justice O'Connor, no liberal, in her concurring opinion in Lawrence v. Texas said:
"We have been most likely to ... hold a law unconstitutional under the Equal Protection Clause where ... the challenged legislation inhibits personal relationships...
Moral disapproval of a group cannot be a legitimate governmental interest under the Equal Protection Clause because legal classifications must not be drawn for the purpose of disadvantaging the group burdened by the
some objectives, such as a bare desire to harm a politically unpopular group, are not legitimate state interests...”

As Bob says, too bad more courts don't realize this, not to mention the general public.

There's also a constitutional problem, in my opinion, with allowing public referendums to overturn by a simple majority laws that have been enacted by a duly constituted legislative body, such as Maine's state legislature. But that's a whole 'nother can of worms.