Of Civil Unions, Poetry and Moral Ruins – What Race are Colorado’s Same-Sex Advocates Trying to Win?
by Jax Bubis
Last week, the Colorado Senate passed Senate Bill 13-011 allowing for same sex civil unions.
According to the Denver Post article “Pat Steadman’s gay-rights journey now includes civil unions,” one of those celebrating this “victory” for “equal rights” was Pat Steadman, a former Colorado gay rights lobbyist and now himself a Democrat State Senator. The article tells the story of Steadman’s emotional journey through the tearful times of Amendment 2 (Steadman cried after Amendment 2′s passage in 1992), and now on to a milestone victory that he terms “historic.”
Pat Steadman is one of eight openly gay Colorado lawmakers. From Wikipedia:
Pat Steadman is openly gay. He is one of eight openly LGBT members of the Colorado General Assembly, along with senators Lucía Guzmán (D–Denver) and Jessie Ulibarri (D–Commerce City), as well as representatives Mark Ferrandino (D–Denver), Paul Rosenthal (D–Denver), Dominick Moreno (D–Commerce City), Joann Ginal (D–Fort Collins) and Sue Schafer (D–Wheat Ridge).
In a state that’s 5.1% gay/lesbian/bi-sexual, that’s 8% out of Colorado’s 100 legislators.
By his own admission, this is only a temporary victory for Steadman and same-sex marriage activists.
On same-sex progress, Steadman said this:
“Bit by bit, we’ve been making slow and steady progress and some day — not today — some day we’re going to win the race.”
Win what race?
I would assume that, if asked, same-sex marriage advocates would say their ultimate victory would be to grant homosexuals the right to marry. Currently, due to overwhelming numbers voting in 2006, the Colorado Constitution does not allow for same-sex marriage.
But at what point is the same-sex activists’ victory achieved?
Ponder this. At a June 11, 2012 Sydney Writers Festival panel discussion on the question, “Why get married when you could be happy?” Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen said this about marriage:
It’s a no-brainer that we should have the right to marry, but I also think equally that it’s a no-brainer that the institution of marriage should not exist [audience cheers].
That causes my brain some trouble. And part of why it causes me trouble is because fighting for gay marriage generally involves lying about what we are going to do with marriage when we get there—because we lie that the institution of marriage is not going to change, and that is a lie. The institution of marriage is going to change, and it should change. And again, I don’t think it should exist. And I don’t like taking part in creating fictions about my life. That’s sort of not what I had in mind when I came out thirty years ago. I have three kids who have five parents, more or less, and I don’t see why they shouldn’t have five parents legally….
Listen to the full audio here (not for children).
Do Senator Steadman and other same-sex advocates in our state have the same agenda as Gessen?
Time will tell.
But without question, the founders of this nation knew and wrote that virtue was the basis of freedom. Now, relativism in public policy is overtaking the founders’ original intents.
Recent polls and some state election results indicate that more Americans are wavering on the moral that marriage is and should be only defined as one man and one woman, and that marriage is the basic building block for a strong nation. This nation’s founders still have enemies who despise the moral basis which birthed this nation into the most exceptional nation in history, both economically and militarily. It seems their ultimate victory will be to see our once strong and moral nation laying in ruins at the end of the rainbow.
After passage of civil unions in Colorado, Senator Steadman shared this poem:
11 is a prime number.
Eleven is a lovely word.
It’s binary; a pair of ones.
It’s two like things, bound together,
to make a whole of ones.
Maybe we should all sing songs, read poetry, put flowers in our hair, and say “to hell” with the strong and moral-based nation our founders gave us.
Or should we?
Jax Bubis is politically active in Colorado Springs and El Paso County Colorado. She and her husband Dan own Patriot’s Marketplace, a business network described as an “Angies List for Patriots.”