The Social Control Compulsion

Ohio’s Wisconsin’s controversial bill, eradicating collective bargaining rights for a whole swath of the working population, has a secret. It also bans gay marriage, for some reason:

Sec. 3101.01 of S.B. 5: … A marriage may only be entered into by one man and one woman. Any marriage between persons of the same sex is against the strong public policy of this state. Any marriage between persons of the same sex shall have no legal force or effect in this state and, if attempted to be entered into in this state, is void ab initio and shall not be recognized by this state.

Question: can the Republican Party attempt any serious policy goal without also taking a potshot at vulnerable minorities? So far we can’t balance the budget without defunding typical scapegoat “liberal” organizations (NPR, Planned Parenthood, the NEA) for truly trivial savings, and now we can’t tackle collective bargaining without (1) running as far to the right as possible, and (2) scoring patently unrelated social control points.

Democracy does not work this way.



  1. This actually ticks me off because I hate mixing legislation. It muddies the waters on any issue and it’s dumb. I really wish legislators couldn’t do that.

    1. Agreed. I really dislike hodgepodge legislation. Unfortunately, the only way to do anything about it would be subjective and rely on congressmen being honorable.

    2. And yet it happens all the time.

  2. Jumbo Donuts · ·

    That’s Ohio, not Wisconsin.

    1. Good catch.

      1. Jumbo Donuts · ·

        It certainly *sounds* like the kind of stunt those wacky rightwing cheeseheads would try….

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