Monday, July 7, 2008

Bizarre old laws and the homophobes who love them

Oh Julaine Appling, you are Wisconsin's biggest homophobe. You are so crazy about the gays, in fact, that I have seriously begun to suspect that some cute girl once broke your heart, and/or that your family life was terribly repressive, and you've never quite been able to recover. I think we could all sympathize with that more if, as a result, you hadn't become such a massive tool.

Last week, newspapers began reporting on an old, seldom-enforced Wisconsin law that says residents of this state cannot obtain marriages in other states that are illegal here. The penalty for breaking this law is a fine of $10,000 and up to 9 months in jail.

Yeah, it's pretty crazy.

I can only assume that the law was originally intended to be used in cases of incest and/or polygamy, but rabid anti-gay activists like Appling have a hard-on for seeing it applied to any Wisconsin couple that goes to California to get hitched and then returns.

While it's (thankfully) unlikely that any attorney would take up the issue to prosecute some unsuspecting gay couple, Appling and her ilk still seem intent on pressing it: ""If [the law] were challenged and the courts decided to basically wink at it, and refused to enforce the law, we have a problem."

Because 1) gay people getting married at all will destroy the world! and 2) Wisconsinsites getting married in California will destroy the world! Yeah, OK, whatever.

Hopefully, this particular chapter of the gay marriage debate in this state will turn out to be a relative non-issue. Unfortunately, however, there still remains a great deal of work to do to educate about and advance the cause of true equality for all. One of the biggest, craziest enemies of this cause is Appling and groups like the Wisconsin "Family" Council. Fingers pressed firmly into their ears and over their eyes, they seem hell-bent on conducting a self-righteous crusade against something that harms no one. All this while all manner of real problems are currently being faced by their friends and neighbors. A world of shame on them.

Please, would someone do us all a favor and tell Ms. Appling that those tingly feelings she has about other women are not wrong? This has gone on long enough.

(Case and point)


h/t: Illusory Tenant

5 comments:

Zach W. said...

Julaine Appling embodies all the worst in those folks who are so opposed to homosexuality.

Compassionate Badger said...

ditto to zach w. have you ever met the women? she is full of evil.

John Foust said...

Rumors persist. Maybe someday a reporter will uncover something more substantial. Maybe some other fact will come to light.

Emily said...

I honestly wouldn't be surprised if the rumors about Appling's live-in lady friend turn out to be true. That isn't to say that all homophobes are actually deeply closeted homosexuals...but most of the really virulent ones seem to be. Which, frankly, is incredibly sad.

Anonymous said...

OK, I am a happy married hetero with beautiful children. For the life of me, I cannot understand how two people in California committing their lives to one another threatens my marriage. Are there people out there who really think that their spouses will leave them if same-sex marriage is legal? How does the committed realtionship of any two people serve to undermine the realtionship of any other two people. I would think that codifying permanent realtionships is good for everyone. Shouldn't all those people touting morality like the idea of life-long committment?

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