Now that gay marriage is permissible in Connecticut, a number of state laws have to have their language changed in order to accommodate it. For instance, gender-specific words in various statutes need to be altered (e.g. “husband” and “wife” to just “spouse”). This being the first legislative session after the state court decision (Kerrigan v. Commr. of Public Health), this work is being done now. And the juvenile whiners in Connecticut who cannot deal with gay marriage, are using these “technical corrections” to weep and wail and screech and holler out their frustration over the inevitable advance of the 21st century. This isn’t the first time they’ve pitched a fit over it, and it won’t be the last, I’m sure. Television station WTNH in New Haven reports:

A legislative committee voted in favor of a bill that would update state law to conform with a court ruling allowing same-sex marriages.

The bill would remove gender references in state marriage laws and transform existing same-sex civil unions into legally recognized marriages as of October 2010.

The issue — these crybabies say — is “religious freedom.” However, no such issue actually exists. According to the Connecticut Supreme Court decision that permitted gay marriage, no clergyperson or religious congregation can be forced to marry a gay couple if they don’t want to. Previously, the state’s Roman Catholic bishops had demanded that florists (for instance) have the right not to sell flowers for gay weddings. That’s right … Catholic bishops believe that laypersons, who have no say in whether or not any given couple should be married, should be able to discriminate against people.

But now, as WTNH goes on to explain, other groups are demanding additional rights to discriminate:

Ever since same-sex marriages began in November after the ruling was finalized in New Haven, lawmakers have been working on changing the old law. But some see the language as forcing religious groups that rent what are called ‘public accommodations,’ like banquet halls, to rent their halls for same-sex ceremonies.

“This happened up in Canada; the Knights of Columbus were sued for not wanting to rent their hall to a lesbian couple for their wedding ceremony,” said Peter Wolfgang, Family Institute of Connecticut . “Our concern is that religious institutions and individuals not be coerced, not be told either you follow this agenda or it will cost you your livelyhood.”

Little Petey Wolfgang, perhaps the worst of Connecticut’s whiney Religious Right crybabies, knows that it’s not just state laws at work here … there are federal civil rights laws that prevent “public accommodations” (such as the Knights of Columbus halls he mentions) from discriminating against particular people. (Don’t believe me? Go ask the Denny’s restaurant chain.) He is blaming state legislators for something which is, more or less, out of their hands. Connecticut cannot change its laws without taking federal civil rights standards into account.

And he knows it.

What he and the rest of his sniveling rabble need to do, is to grow the hell up, admit that gay people exist, that they have the same rights as everyone else, and stop trying to force all of Connecticut to knuckle under to his ferociously hyperreligious dogma. Neither Connecticut nor any other state in the US is a theocracy, nor should any ever become theocracies, no matter how much Petey wishes it were.

Oh, and one last thing: Note Wolfgang’s use of the word “agenda” in his remarks … this reflects the Religious Right code-phrase “gay agenda” or “homosexual agenda,” which — rather than referring to an actual, identifiable “agenda” being actively coordinated — really means “we demand those depraved and godless homosexuals would just shut up or go away; they should neither be seen nor heard.” Such a demand that reality alter itself to suit one’s wishes is, of course, about as juvenile as one can get.

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