March 2nd, 2009

Grease

Ding Dong the Mainstream Press is Dead

I have a theory that it's a good idea to only have enemies who are older than you are. That way, when they die, you can piss on their grave.

In 1992, the Rocky Mountain News endorsed Colorado's Amendment 2. It stripped all legal rights away from gay and lesbian citizens. If you had a problem with any state law, statue, or ordinance, you couldn't petition the court. Read that part again: the entire government was barred from doing anything for (or against) gay people. Homosexuality could not be mentioned in any business performed by the state of Colorado. It was like gay, lesbian, and transgender people didn't exist.

The law was overturned by the U.S. supreme court as being blatently unconstitutional. It's obvious that it is immoral to prevent someone from arguing the fact that they can't argue. But it was four full years before the law was overturned.

The Rocky Mountain News strongly supported Amendment 2. It rallied its readership in long editorials that talked about "special rights" for gay people. I was closeted at the time, and was talking to a coworker. He snorted, "Special rights? I don't think they should have *any* rights."

Today, the Rocky Mountain News folded. I couldn't be happer. I am going to print out a copy of their defunct web page, put it on the ground, and piss on it like a puppy.

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