Update: New mix available for download here.
In response to one of our local anti-gay activists, who complained that the song unfairly links the amendment effort to homophobia, Earnhart gently and compassionately explains the connection, ending with
..Any decent folk who are now in favor of the amendment ought to be aware of the toxicity that will seep out of it down the road.
His lyrics and commentary are dead on. What we have seen in other states with so-called “marriage” amendments is that those who insisted that their only interest was in “protecting traditional marriage” were not satisfied with that. The aftermath of amendments in states like Oklahoma and Michigan has been the introduction of legislation that strips away additional rights from GLBT people and our families, using the amendment as justification.
What will happen in Virginia? First of all, legislation to rescind the Small Business Insurance Parity Act will be introduced – making Virginia once again the only nanny state in the nation to dictate to private businesses how they administer their insurance plans. What’s that? The AG says the amendment doesn’t apply to private contracts? You must be kidding – the opposition to that bill was completely framed in terms of how such benefits are like the benefits of marriage, and therefore Virginia businesses shouldn’t be allowed to offer them to “homosexuals.” We will see a barrage of anti-gay legislation and the hate-filled rhetoric that goes with it that even surpasses the 2005 session.
It doesn’t matter whether the amendment would directly void such arrangements or benefits. The intent of its architects is to keep going until GLBT people are driven back into the closet and unable to even safely speak up for ourselves. The decent, well-meaning people (and there are some) who genuinely mean us no harm and think they can support this amendment without causing us harm are very sadly mistaken. Each and every one of us knows someone like this. They need us to help them understand the truth, and to vote “NO.”