Thursday, February 15, 2007

No Marriage License, Just a Certificate of Inequality

You've gotta love Freddie Oakley, the Clerk-Recorder for Yolo County, California. She's gotten fed up with denying marriage licenses to gays and lesbians. So, yesterday, in a clever form of protest particularly appropriate for Valentine's Day, she issued a "Certificate of Inequality" to any gay couple applying for a marriage license. Each stated: "I issue this Certificate of Inequality to you because your choice of marriage partner displeases some people whose displeasure is, apparently, more important than principles of equality."

Oakley told the Sacramento Bee, "We don't discriminate against people on the basis of age, or health, or disability, or race, or ethnicity, or religion, but we do on the basis of gender in this matter. I feel it's inappropriate." She added that turning same-sex couples away without marriage licenses makes her feel "like a good German, in the Third Reich, who enforced bad laws."

After the message on the certificate is Oakley's name, title, and words of encouragement to same-sex couples: "May the God of your choice bless you."

You go, girl.

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