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Tilting at Windmills

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February 25, 2004
By: Kevin Drum

SPECIAL RIGHTS?....Does this even make sense? After bringing up the tired bogeyman of third graders being recruited to the gay cause, John McIntyre says this:

It's not surprising that many people are uncomfortable at seeing homosexuality actively promoted in schools, glorified by the media, and now sanctioned by the state.

In fact, most Americans want the government out of the business of casting moral judgments and would be fine with the government remaining agnostic on the issue of homosexuality. That means the state should not punish or discriminate against gays and lesbians, nor should the government cede special rights to them.

Special rights? The whole point of the fight for gay marriage is that it's not a special right. It's simply allowing gays and lesbians to have the same legal rights as everyone else. What's so hard to understand about this?

(And on a related note, what's with the common belief among social conservatives that homosexuality is being "actively promoted" in our schools? It's true that I haven't been in school for nearly 30 years now, but this still seems rather unlikely to me. Is this just a code phrase for schools suggesting that gays shouldn't be routinely mocked and beaten up, or what?)

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