Yet More Hate Attacks on Gay Michigan Families

Caution: If you don’t like vitriolic, angry political rants, skip this entry. Consider yourself forewarned. Thank you.

The Ann Arbor News (Motto: ‘We Have the World’s Worst Website’) is reporting today that the « Thomas More ‘Law’ Center (For the Promotion of the Fascist FunDumbMentalist Authoritarian Vision for the Empire) launched a direct, personal and vicious attack on Michigan’s gay and lesbian families »:

‘As opponents of Proposal 2 predicted, the constitutional amendment approved by Michigan voters last November to define marriage is being used to challenge same-sex benefits provided to partners of gay public employees. An existing lawsuit against Ann Arbor Public Schools is apparently going to be the test case. The Ann Arbor-based Thomas More Law Center and 17 taxpayers are asking the Michigan Court of Appeals to stop the local school district from providing medical benefits to gay couples. In court papers, they cite the November constitutional amendment known as Proposal 2, which says the union between a man and a woman “shall be the only agreement recognized as a marriage or similar union for any purpose.”’

As a gay employee of the Ann Arbor Public Schools (who admittedly does not receive ANY benefits because AAPS considers ‘subs’ the lowest of the low and therefore unworthy of decency and respect, let alone benefits—but that’s another rant), I take this one very personally and it’s one more nail in the coffin of any nascent desire I might have to wish to remain in this state and educate its future leaders. And I’m sure that the 12 or so gay/lesbian couples who actually receive these benefits take it even more personally than I do. God bless them and keep them.

Face it, Michiganders, Prop 2 was a vicious, ignorant, barbaric and discriminatory assault on a Michigan minority group. It deserves a spot in the infamous pantheon of western civilization’s Hate Laws Perpetrated by the Majority, such as Jim Crow and the 1935 Nuremberg Laws.

But now, just to make sure we got the message, this Fascist front group ups the gay bashing for good measure.

Well, as Dan Akroyd said to Jane Curtin back when Saturday Night Live was still funny, ‘Jane, you ignorant slut.’

Yup, Michigan, you ignorant slut, here’s what we’re gonna do, so listen up, you ignorant 2.6 million Michiganders who voted for this claptrap … because you want to deny health benefits for domestic partners, I will continue to access free, taxpayer-funded, public health care via the UMHS system, including the ultra-expensive emergency room … and you, the ignorant 2.6 million Prop 2-loving Michiganders are going to be soaked for the bills. Yup, I will access every taxpayer-funded service I can in order to make up for the absence of my Prop 2-denied equal protection benefits and every single one of you Fascists can pay the bills.

And we’re not talking about a few hundred bucks, either. You will pay for my emergency room bill last Thanksgiving. For all of my doctor visits over the three years we’ll be in this Bible-thumping state. My MRI last October. Every blood test. Every prescription. Every specialist. Every x-ray. At full, undiscounted, totally ugly, top-dollar rates.

And I’m going to go ahead and make an appointment with the dental service which provides free, taxpayer-funded dental care to those without insurance, and you can damn well pay for that too. Fair warning: I need quite a bit of dental work. Fillings replaced, three crowns, deep cleanings, might throw in some teeth-whitening.

And that’s not all. Oh no.

I’m going to go ahead and get my master’s degree in education from Michigan’s premier public, taxpayer-funded institution of higher learning, and I’m going to do it with low interest loans funded by you 2.6-million ignorant Michiganders. [With a wicked gleam in his eye, he wonders if said loans can ever be repaid on a public school teacher’s salary?]

And then I’m taking that Master’s degree which you paid for out of state … perhaps even out of country, and you don’t get the benefits of that educational investment in the public schools of the state of Michigan. How about we just let Michigan’s children be educated by ignorant Prop 2-loving teachers? After all, as you so smarmily have been reminding us for three months, the majority has spoken.

And in Michigan, that majority spoke in favor of hate, torture, fear, ignorance, intolerance, superstition and barbarism by voting for Prop 2 and its spiritual father in the White House.

Fine. Majority rules. But that decision will prove might costly, dollar-wise. Since the almighty dollar is they only thing that gets a Fascist’s attention, then that’s where we’ll hit him.

I’m going to personally make sure of it. Hmmmmm. What other free taxpayer services can I access and soak it to the so-called ‘Moral Michigan Majority?’ After all, on the pittance that AAPS pays me, I can qualify for just about anything.

Now, dear friends who voted NO on Prop 2, none of this applies to you. You know I love you more than my luggage. Thanks for putting up with my rant and thanks for your support.

We now return to sweetness and light.