A pretty sentiment but completely hypocritical of those who claim to be concerned with "equality."
"Look me in the eye and tell me I am less of a person than you are," Christine Quinn, the first openly lesbian speaker of the New York City Council, said yesterday.
Actually, if this legislation gets passed, it would mean that Ms. Quinn is somehow more of a person than me.
For example, imagine both Ms. Quinn and I are both victims of similar crimes - perhaps vicious assaults in which we suffer comparable bodily harm. During the course of these crimes, the attackers repeatedly state their hate for us - in my case, hatred for white women (or short people, or Irish-American librarians, or whatever); and in Ms. Quinn's, lesbians. There are witnesses and both perpetrators are apprehended.
The only real difference will be the punishment the criminals receive.
Because she is part of a special minority, Ms. Quinn's beating would be treated as if it was worse than mine and the guilty party would be sentenced accordingly with a longer time in jail.
Someone please explain this "equality" to me thing again.
Now, I'm in favor of gay marriage* and I'm proud of those who participated in what has been called the "Big Gay March" in our Capitol this past weekend. I believe everyone should be free to marry the person who they love, regardless of gender. But by clinging to identity politics and asking for the passage of hate crime legislation in the same breath as "equal rights" the gay community is only separating itself further from the mainstream they are asking to be welcomed into. It causes people who are anti-gay marriage to believe (and perhaps rightly so) that "equal" won't be equal at all, that special groups will get special treatment or privileges under the law.
And while we're on the subject...this sort of thing?
Not going to help the cause much either. Just sayin'.
*actually, I'm in favor of the government getting out of the marriage business altogether, but that's a blogpost for another day