Thursday, May 26, 2005 - Molly Ivins - Molly Ivins - May 24, 2005

I have loved columnist Molly Ivins for years. She's the kind of Texas woman I adore: strong, witty, brash, liberal. In this article, she quotes Senfronia Thompson, a Texas state representative from Houston, who is "speaking against the Legislature's recent folly of putting a superfluous anti-gay marriage measure into the state constitution."

Just a few highlights:

I have been a member of this august body for three decades, and today is one of the all-time low points. We are going in the wrong direction, in the direction of hate and fear and discrimination. Members, we all know what this is about; this is the politics of divisiveness at it's worst, a wedge issue that is meant to divide.

Members, this bill is about hate and fear and discrimination. . . . When I was a small girl, white folks used to talk about 'protecting the institution of marriage' as well. What they meant was if people of my color tried to marry people of Mr. Chisum's color, you'd often find the people of my color hanging from a tree. . . . Fifty years ago, white folks thought interracial marriages were 'a threat to the institution of marriage.'

Members, I'm a Christian and a proud Christian. I read the good book and do my best to live by it. I have never read the verse where it says, 'Gay people can't marry.' I have never read the verse where it says, 'Thou shalt discriminate against those not like me.' I have never read the verse where it says, 'Let's base our public policy on hate and fear and discrimination.' Christianity to me is love and hope and faith and forgiveness -- not hate and discrimination.

I have listened to the arguments. I have listened to all of the crap. . . . I want you to know that this amendment [is] blowing smoke to fuel the hell-fire flames of bigotry.

I think I'm in love with Rep. Thompson. Unfortunately, the amendment passed.


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