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After Wednesdays landmark decision  to overturn Prop. 8 (California’s ban on same-sex marriage), several news shows highlighted coverage of the legal victory in the Prop. 8 case, and discussed the important move toward full marriage equality in America.

On MSNBC that night, Keith Olbermann replayed his special comment from 11/10/2008 — after Prop. 8 had won that night via “popular vote.” This may be one of the best rebuttals to the “re-defining marriage” mantra.

I keep hearing this term “re-defining” marriage. If this country hadn’t re-defined marriage, black people still couldn’t marry white people. Sixteen states had laws on the books which made that illegal in 1967. 1967.

The parents of the President-Elect of the United States couldn’t have married in nearly one third of the states of the country their son grew up to lead. But it’s worse than that. If this country had not “re-defined” marriage, some black people still couldn’t marry black people. It is one of the most overlooked and cruelest parts of our sad story of slavery. Marriages were not legally recognized, if the people were slaves. Since slaves were property, they could not legally be husband and wife, or mother and child. Their marriage vows were different: not “Until Death, Do You Part,” but “Until Death or Distance, Do You Part.” Marriages among slaves were not legally recognized.

You know, just like marriages today in California are not legally recognized, if the people are gay.

What is this, to you? Nobody is asking you to embrace their expression of love. But don’t you, as human beings, have to embrace… that love? The world is barren enough.

It is stacked against love, and against hope, and against those very few and precious emotions that enable us to go forward. Your marriage only stands a 50-50 chance of lasting, no matter how much you feel and how hard you work.

And here are people overjoyed at the prospect of just that chance, and that work, just for the hope of having that feeling.  With so much hate in the world, with so much meaningless division, and people pitted against people for no good reason, this is what your religion tells you to do? With your experience of life and this world and all its sadnesses, this is what your conscience tells you to do?


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This is exactly why we can’t have gay teachers in our schools, or gay clergy in our churches, or why we can’t have gay soldiers in our military! Careful… it’s catching! NOT!!!! 😉

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One of my favorite sources for humor highlighted this topic in the following post.

“Same-sex couples are virtually identical to opposite-sex couples when it comes to age, income, and child rearing according to census data released in the United States. … Just goes to show you, gay people really aren’t all that different from straight people. Except for our extrasensory abilities and ability to wither your crops by blinking, that is.”

Read the entire post here! 😉

So, if this is the case, then why do so many straight people still spend their energies spreading the angst and animosity?

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When all hell breaks loose…

Don’t give in…

look up!

Because all of heaven still remains on the side of the oppressed!

New moon today. A sliver of light, a promise of perpetual change, that whatever is happening within or around us- this too shall pass. “Hanging on” is an illusion. Suzuki Roshi said, “We don’t need to learn to let go. We just need to recognize what is already gone.” Harder than it sounds sometimes. No blame. Sometimes the mind & heart are a little slow because the loss hurts & the future is unknown. (Oriah Mountain Dreamer)

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“You’re just a bee charmer, Idgie Threadgoode”

This line means a little something different to everyone… I know what it means to me.

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