Denver Missed the Memo12 March, 2010
Since the beginning of the month, there have been three truly remarkable (remarkably disgusting, that is) cases involving the GLBT community. Two responses: punish everyone and blame the gays (Catholic Charities in Washington and the Iwatamba school district); the third (Denver) didn’t get the memo.
When the city council of Washington, D.C., voted to recognize that human rights apply to all humans and legalize marriage between consenting adults without restrictions. Catholic Charities immediately jumped in and threatened to stop providing services in the city/district as this would make it impossible for Catholic Charities to remain faithful to the religious bigotry teachings of the church.
I guess (I cannot prove this, but I think it is a damned good guess) that someone pointed out that Catholic Charities stood to lose $22 million if they walked away. Then they figured out how to kill three proverbial stones with one bird: first, save money by no longer writing any new benefits for spouses (because a couple might have matching rather than complementary genitalia); second, keep the millions of taxpayers dollars; and third, blame the gays. Catholic Charities would, I’m sure, just love to keep providing benefits for everyone, but those mean old gays forced us to screw over everyone and keep the money (full details here).
Down in Mississippi, a brave young lady named Constance McMillen decided to attend the high school prom with her girlfriend. The school said no. She contacted the ACLU. The ACLU said that such discrimination is a good way to get sued. So the school board canceled the prom and told everyone it was her fault. The ACLU told them that would also garner a lawsuit. The school board, essentially, told them to screw themselves. Once again, three stones with one bird: first, they can demonize the ACLU; second, they can screw the GLBT community; and, third, they can blame the gays. The Iwatamba schools would just love to let the senior prom happen, complete with testosterone overdrive and a crinoline overdose, but those mean old gays forced them to cancel the prom (full details here (and note the comments have descended into full-blown Christianist asshattitude)).
Out in Denver, though. Denver. Damn, they fucked up big time. When Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School found out that one of their students had two parents with matching rather than complementary genitalia they booted the kid out of the school. Wrong, wrong, wrong! They should have closed the school, pocketed the money, and blamed the gays for forcing them to do it. Oh, and demonize the GLBT community. No, they just blamed it on sex outside of marriage (full details here).
The archdiocese of Denver really screwed up. I guess they didn’t get the memo.