Posted by: Lisa Pampuch | September 1, 2009

‘Hubby Hubby’

That’s the (for now) temporary name of Vermont-based Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor originally known as “Chubby Hubby,” gawker.com reports:

The company will send out a truck to spread their delicious love today and, for the next 30 days, will use the “Hubby Hubby” moniker in its Vermont locations. They are, however, considering changing it permanently, but we’ll see if they actually follow through on that.

The reason? Celebrating the beginning of same-sex marriage in Vermont. An excellent reason!

Meanwhile Vermont residents aren’t letting hatemongers from Fred Phelps’ Westboro Baptist Church — the folks who picket with “God Hates Fags” signs at soldiers’ funerals and recently at Adam Lambert’s American Idol tour appearance in San Jose — intimidate them, the Burlington Free Press reports:

The night before same-sex marriage became legal in Ver­mont, more than 400 people met at Burlington’s First Con­gregational Church to take a pre-emptive stand against pro­testers from Kansas who planned to crash today’s party.

Why am I so passionate about this issue? Because I’m passionate about the Constitution, about liberty, about separation of church and state, as I wrote in 2004:

Laws banning gay marriage, Bush’s proposal to amend the Constitution, the hateful rhetoric and the doomsday predictions will be remembered with shame and embarrassment by our children, and by many current gay marriage opponents.

Didn’t we learn from the civil rights movements that separate can’t be equal? We can’t have lesser unions, civil unions that differ from state to state, without making homosexuals a lesser class. We can’t deny our homosexual citizens the right to marry and still claim to be a nation where “all men are created equal.”

Here’s what the United States Constitution’s 14th amendment says: “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall … deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

Seems pretty clear to me.

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