Melissa has followed her bud Chris Hayes to weekend morning stardom on MSNBC --Melissa is a welcomed relief from the blowhards like Ed Schultz, Chris Matthews, Lawrence O'Donnell, Martin Bashir, Al Sharpton and all the other male progressives who love to speak in defense of women and their rights, but lack the insight of a real woman like Harris Perry who has two last names, so you know she's got it going on.
Republicans and the entire rightwing should stop right now and make some deep changes in their way of thinking. The Right doesn't have to change the principles they support, they merely need to understand what the principles entail. When someone on the Right criticizes the Left for violating basic rights, the person on the Right should expand this defense of individual rights, fairness and freedom from oppression to cover women, gays, minorities and everyone humans. The critic on the Right might object and say they don't have to make their defense of liberty particular, such as women's rights and gay rights, but any liberty that is not applied particularly is not liberty.
When government makes laws recognizing marriage as between man and woman, it discriminates against two men or two women who want to also be legally recognized as married. Government and the two political parties get in a bind when they defend laws which only recognize a man and woman as a legitimate "marriage", because no one in government can reasonably defend such discrimination. To say that it's tradition in not good enough, because government has no business legislating on tradition. Slavery was traditional until it was found unconstitutional. The answer is against both sides on this issue -- the answer is not for more government intervention to give gays the same legal protections in marriage as straights, but for government to remove itself from the issue of marriage all together. In the private sector, any church can still choose to not recognize marriage as anything but between man and woman, but no one can stop any consenting adults from getting marriage -- even polygamy, if this is the marriage arrangement consenting adults choose -- it's not the business of society or government, but the business of the consenting adults involved where there is no coercion and everyone consents to the marriage arrangements. The only legal matters should be contracts made, if there's any legal issue at all, between the consenting parties involved.
This might seem radical to those who limit "liberty" to a conservative liberty or a progressive liberty or a female liberty or a gay liberty, but to anyone who thinks deeply about liberty and is serious about liberty, then it makes perfect sense. It's not condoning gay marriage or polygamy, it's just saying that no one, not even government, has any business deciding who should marry when consenting adults are involved and when there's no coercion. The same goes for issues of contraception and a woman's right to her own body and sex. Many people might not like the ideas, but if they seriously promote freedom when no one is harmed from the free choices of free people, then they have to allow others the liberty that they fight for and apply to their lives and beliefs.
Republicans will lose this fight if they attempt to limit liberty to conservative, religious liberty. Liberty is liberty and it applies to individuals, not groups or religious faiths or sexual orientation or gender or whatever.
So, go Melissa with your new groove on, but, just remember, it works the other way too, girlfriend, so don't let me hear you denying freedom to conservatives just because you're offended by that particular freedom to behave as they see fit as long as it's not violating anyone's rights.