by JIM EDMINSTER
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A whole column on reactions to the Supremes' ruling on the Texas sodomy laws:
From the Chicago Tribune (7-3): a long editorial giving a general history and survey of gay-rights laws ending, 'Over time, the legal
and cultural barriers to same-sex marriage will properly dissolve.'
Same paper a day earlier Carol Marin recalls the late Rev. Hiram Crawford and his bullhorn in the loop preaching 'God made
Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.' Marin interviews Chicagoans Norm and Steve who are in the position of many unmarried
couples—Norm is Australian—who may be separated because they cannot marry. Marin says Justice Scalia's dissenting opinion
reminds her of, '... a 1950 segregationist argument for separate drinking fountains.' Columnist Clarence Page, next to Marin says, '...
it is ironic that the people who sound the most excited about marriage happen to be homosexuals,' and 'After all, some gay couples
are staying together longer than many of their 'hetero‚ counterparts. Maybe the rest of us could learn something from them.'
Maureen Dowd in the NY Times (7-2) manages to squeeze anti-gay Bill Frist, the senate majority leader and cat-killer (he
'adopted' strays in medical school to 'slice and dice' them), Western 'straight' values of Socrates and Michelangelo, Lynne Cheney
(the VP's wife) agreeing with the striking down of the Texas law ('It seemed to me a stretch that government had any place in the
bedroom.') and the Pres greeting a Yale classmate, formerly a man, now a woman with 'Now you've come back as yourself,' all in the
Molly Ivins, the best writer of political opinion in this country, from the Chicago Tribune (7-3): 'It was interesting to see rank bigotry
against gays trying to disguise itself as a legal argument,' 'to take another notorious Texas law, if you own 6 or more dildos ... you are
a felon ... whereas if you own 5 ... you are merely a hobbyist,' 'I suspect the 'homosexual agenda' is [viciously fake] like the Protocols
of the Elders of Zion.'
Speaking of the 'agenda,' The New Yorker (6-7) asks '... what is that so-called agenda? Daisy chains on the church steps?
Compulsory drag shows at school assemblies?'
The Sun-Times June 25 editorial headline read, 'There ought to be a law recognizing gay marriage.' Sun-Times columnist Mark
Brown's July 2 column was titled 'Gay marriage is in our future, like it or not.' He says gays and lesbians 'deserve the legal
protections the rest of [us] expect from marriage ... .'
And finally congrats from one of the biggest 'hets' of all: Kid Rock, last week on CNN re-opening his interview with Wolf Blitzer to
say he agreed with the Supreme decision and more power to gay people.
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