Monday, June 29, 2009

A day in the life of a hypocrite

Sanford (Governor of South Carolina; recently discovered to having engaged in an extra-marital affair --j) voted to impeach Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky saga. According to The Post and Courier of Charleston, Sanford called Clinton’s behavior “reprehensible” and said, “I think it would be much better for the country and for him personally” to resign. “I come from the business side. ... If you had a chairman or president in the business world facing these allegations, he’d be gone.” Remember that Mr. Sanford?

And this kind of hypocrisy isn’t confined to the politicians. It permeates the electorate. While conservatives fight to “defend” marriage from gays, they can’t keep theirs together. According to the Census Bureau’s Statistical Abstract, states that went Republican in November accounted for eight of the 10 states with the highest divorce rates in 2006.

-- The Prurient Trap by Charles M. Blow, The New York Times

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I personally still have misgivings about gay marriage; I see "marriage" as a religious rite, and therefore, the religion administering the rite has the right to place restrictions on who can/cannot get married. However, I think the law -- which in the Philippines is separate from the Church, as in other democratic countries -- should be all-encompassing, and therefore, acknowledge gay unions.

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