September 24, 2008

A compelling argument

The Journal-Sentinel reports on a two-hour Milwaukee Public Schools hearing last night on the question of extending employee benefits beyond spouses to include domestic partners.

The hearing, which was open to the public, attracted about 60 people, equally divided between supporters and opponents. The supporters spoke of civil rights and equal protection of the law, and attracting the best teachers with competitive remuneration.

The detractors? They condemned the idea as an abomination in the eyes of God. One even played the Rick Santorum man-on-dog card.

A committee nevertheless voted 3-2 to move ahead with the abominating, one more godless step toward the End Times and the complete destruction of Western civilization as we know it.

One of the two votes was cast by Charlene Hardin, whose presence at a board-funded conference junket to Philadelphia in July consisted of turning up at the eleventh hour to fill plastic bags with cookies and snacks and complain "loudly" that all the free zoo passes were gone.

Mike Mathias explains that the hearing was preceded with a righteous call to arms broadcast by some community organizers from Milwaukee's local fundamentalist Christian radio station, WVCY.

It's true, they do tend to get rather excited by the gays.

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