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Eagle Bay Elementary school in Farmington showed a video of a number of celebrities pledging acts of service to the community. But Eagle Forum’s Gayle Ruzicka called it leftist propaganda because it pictures our President Barack Obama, and says it’s something that should not be shown to children without parents’ permission. What do you think? Watch the video and vote in the KSL poll here.
Do OneUtah readers find this to be promoting an offensively leftist agenda?
Help end hunger
Volunteer more time to help children with serious illnesses
Be a better mother, father
Always represent my country with dignity
Care for America’s elderly
Plant 500 trees this year
Consume less and cultivate more
Find a cure for Alzheimers
Support our president
What’s your pledge
And why are Mero/Ruzicka/Buttars so terrified that gays may get some legal rights? It’s because they believe it’s one step toward legalizing gay marriage. Never mind that Utah already has a law defining marriage as between a man and a woman. They won’t bend even a little, and let these citizens, our own friends, neighbors, and family enjoy the legal protections they need when faced with the crises life doles out to us all.
They have no heart. They have no soul. They have no human decency.
In my humble opinion.
Rather than “common ground,” Gayle Ruzicka and the Constitutional Defense of Marriage Alliance are touting “common sense.” And a Salt Lake City-based conservative think tank, The Sutherland Institute, wants Utahns to stand on “sacred ground” instead.
“The family is the central unit of society, and so our efforts in this regard are ultimately to protect the traditional family and protect marriage,” said Sutherland spokesman Jeff Reynolds. . . Next week, his group will kick off its Sacred Ground Initiative, a counteroffensive aimed at defeating the five gay-rights bills. . .
Ruzicka, president of the Utah Eagle Forum, and Reynolds both argue that granting any legal standing to same-sex couples — or even recognizing sexual orientations as classes protected against discrimination — could precipitate a court battle to legalize gay marriage.
That’s what happened in California, Ruzicka said, when the state’s Supreme Court decided gay couples were entitled to wed because they already had many of the same rights as married, straight couples. Last fall, the court’s decision to allow same-sex marriage was overturned when voters approved Prop 8. . .
[Ruzicka]– along with Republican Sen. Chris Buttars of West Jordan and former GOP Rep. LaVar Christensen of Draper — formed the Constitutional Defense of Marriage Alliance, a political-issues committee, to help pass Utah’s Amendment 3, which defined marriage in 2004 as solely between a man and a woman.
This alliance now is drafting a “common sense” rebuttal to the Common Ground campaign, Ruzicka said.
The fact that the Utah Constitution already prevents gay marriage makes California a false comparison, notes Carlson, who insists Equality Utah’s initiative is not an end run to sue for gay marriage.
Photo credit: Francisco Kjolseth / The Salt Lake Tribune
Cross-posted with slight revisions at Utah Legislature Watch
I’ve been thinking for a long about the issue of sexism in Utah politics. Jenny Wilson rightly pointed out that she was asked questions that none of her male counterparts were asked during the Mayor’s race. At the same time, Gayle Ruzicka is incredibly influential in Utah politics – sure, she’s nasty and bigoted and provides our male legislators with “family friendly” rhetorical cover for their various bigotries but she still possesses tremendous influence. It’s influence she’s worked god damned hard to get – and she protects it with a consistency and passion that is truly admirable and a bit scary. Ruzicka seems to know she’s only taken seriously because she is able to influence people and her group – which has a history of some fairly amoral tactics – maintains its influence through lots of damned hard work. Does her influence demonstrate that there is no sexism in Utah politics or does the exception prove the rule?
Talk to any group of women in Utah and you will hear stories of the most blatant sexism imaginable – as well as some of the most subtle sexism. It may sound minor, but look at the four statues in the Utah state capitol. I was there for my day at the leg and I was brought up short when I stepped into the rotunda. There is industry and science – and the statues are male. The others – art and immigration – are female. It may sound minor but as an expression of values it speaks loud and clear – that women are responsible for children and pretty things and the men will do the “real” work.
Any woman in Utah, especially an educated and intelligent one, can tell you that sexism is alive, well, and harmful in Utah.Â Read the rest of this entry »
IOW, it’s business as usual on the Hill.
While I’m at it, I’d like to take a moment and thank Strom Buttars for bringing his usual nasty little self out on public display for the people and making what was a boring and technocratic session into yet another nasty gay-bashing fest. FWIW, Chris “Strom” Buttars, you’re a narrow minded, bigoted nasty little man and we’d all be better off if you would just leave public life.
Okay, that’s out of my system.
Anyway, I read in this morning’s Trib that the Senate subcommittee that was holding a hearing about Buttars latest gay bashing law refused to let opponents of the law speak and instead turned the time over to Utah’s reliable host of bigots – Gayle Ruzicka (“No I don’t smell anything bad, my face always looks like this”), LeVar Christensen, Frank “gay people scare me” Mylar, and Merrill Cook. The usual suspects of Utah’s antigay police line up had nothing new to say. It’s the usual “We’re just so afraid and gay people are icky” kind of nonsense.
Too many of our state’s legislators ignore the people of Utah and our wishes. It’s not accidental and it’s not just a function of their swollen, gangrenous egos. It’s consistent with their conservative, governing philosophy which holds that the only time they accountable and answerable to the people is election day – call is plebiscite democracy. In this theory, if you are elected, the people approve everything you do and it’s okay to do whatever you want so long as you get re-elected and if the people disapprove of something, they are supposed to express that on election day.
In the many years I’ve been going to the Hill, I can honestly say I’ve been treated as an interloper, as someone who doesn’t really know what I’m supposed to do. On more than one occassion, I’ve had legislators flat out ignore my existence during public hearings – even as I’m speaking. I’ll ask a question and the chair says, “Next speaker.” It’s not just me. I see it happen time and time again. Yes, there are people who aren’t well spoken, who stumble over their words and express themselves badly, but too often our legislators act as if we are somehow violating decorum by expecting our elected officials to listen to us.
Our legislators offer a host of weasel words to explain their actions. I’ve been told “Well I have to represent the people of MY district” and when I say, “What have they said?”, I’m told, “They don’t care about this issue.” I’ve heard, “Well the people of Utah are very conservative and don’t want this.” And when they’re told, “This mornings d-news published a poll showing 75% of Utahns favor this issue,” they say, “That’s just the people who were polled.”
The great divide in Utah’s politics is between our Republicans who actually want to do what they want to do without having to bother with the will of the people and who go through the motions of pretending to listen to the public and the Democrats who actually believe in representative democracy. Utahns opposed vouchers and had to vote them down and we had a legislator (sorry don’t recall which one right now) who wanted to make the initiative process more difficult. Utahns favored hate crimes legislation year after year after year and until Gayle Ruzicka got tired of telling our legislators to kill it, we didn’t get it. So when I read our legislators stack the deck to make sure they only hear from people who agree with their extreme world view, I get angry but I also know it’s how they are going to keep doing it until we the people smack them down and smack them down hard.
Governor Huntsman will decide today whether to VETO the anti-gay school clubs bill or sign it into law. While the bill does not specifically prohibit Gay Straight Alliances in Utah public schools, that’s what is is meant to do. Buttars and Tilton have failed in previous years to get such bills passed, so this year they contorted the bill so badly it creates a huge additional administrative burden on schools and also cripples kids ability to form afterschool clubs.
Even the State Board of Education says this bill is unnecessary.
Please contact the governor and support him. You know he wants to veto the thing too. He just needs some moral support.
Dear Governor Huntsman,
Please VETO HB236 Student Clubs Amendments. Tell the grownups to leave the kids alone.