Saturday, September 10, 2005

The pious, hateful and devout

Well, this isn't an obnoxious harassment campaign bound to cause even more animosity over the issue, at all: BOSTON --Two gay activists are promising to post on the Internet the names and addresses of anyone who signs a petition that could lead to a statewide ban on gay marriage. The move by Thomas Lang and Alexander Westerhoff, one of the first gay couples married in the state, came after state Attorney General Thomas Reilly on Wednesday certified a ballot question that bans gay marriage and civil unions. Now, the question's supporters must collect 65,825 signatures from registered voters, and approval from 25 percent of state lawmakers to get the question on the 2008 ballot. Lang, 42, said the name, street address, hometown and ZIP code of everyone who signs the petition will be posted on the Web site KnowThyNeighbor.org. "Everyone's scrambling to know who in their town would sign this," Lang told the Boston Herald. "And this Web site will give gay people the tools to know, to defend themselves and their families, to let them go neighbor-to-neighbor and say, 'I don't appreciate your signing this.'" "I'm going to be aggressive personally," he said. "I want to know that the people I do business with are not against (gay marriage). This is going to be won by economics." Sometimes I really hate having to be on either side, viz gay marriage. Between hidebound express-a-mildly-disagreeable-opinion-and-we'll-persecute-you activists on the left, and fire-and-brimstone moralists on the right, there seems to be an appallingly absolutist jackass available to cause a degree of regret and embarrassment for anyone. Ideologically-based crusades to vilify wholesale anyone on the other side of an issue like this are no less awful coming from the self-righteous on the pro side. (Via BoingBoing.)

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