I woke up with a hangover today, even though I'd had only one beer last night. (Nope. Didn't hunt any quail afterward.) I blamed my funk not on 12 ounces of Full Sail, but on yesterday's Idaho Senate action on HJR2, and the wave of recriminatory emails that started flowing in and out of my computer.
My hangover is gone, and I can see clearly now. HJR2 is this, and nothing more: A cynical strategy from extremist Republicans, designed to distract Idahoans from the real family-values issues (war, jobs with good wages, kids living without health care); divide the Democratic Party; and send fearful people scurrying to the polls to vote for HJR2 and then elect still more Republicans up and down the ballot.
We Idahoans of good will must hang tough. We mustn't get bogged down in facts, but we must be sure every Idahoan knows one thing: This amendment would not just ban same-gender marriage. It also would forever forbid civil unions or domestic partnerships between two loving, committed adults who happen to be of the same gender. Because our state and federal constitutions exist to grant rights - not take them away - this measure is clearly unconstitutional.
And please, let's forget the talk (which I just heard on KBOI) about how permitting a same-gender civil union or domestic partnership will send us down some slippery slope toward allowing someone to marry their horse. Come on, people!
Some people fear Democrats cannot be on the right side of this issue and still win. That's nonsense. Jesus commanded us to love one another, and to treat others as you want to be treated. Or as Sen. Joe Stegner - a Lewiston Republican opposed to HJR2 - put it yesterday on the Senate floor: "One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Not just for our friends. Not just for the people we like. For all."
We need to believe love can conquer fear, and we need to act on that belief. Let's roll.