Thursday, March 17, 2005

Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

Well, this is scary! A bigoted governor, who has already made derogatory remarks about same-sex couples and parents, is now trying to temper his opinion with a lot of neutral speech, in preparation of a run for president in 2008.

The bottom line is that his opinion has not changed and he will no more tolerate civil unions than he would tolerate same-sex marriage, if he has the opportunity to remove the option.

''If the choice is between marriage and civil unions, I support civil unions.
But my preference is neither civil unions nor marriage," Romney told
reporters last night.

Someone needs to tell Governor Romney that it's not supposed to be about his preference, it's supposed to be about what the citizens of this country are entitled to.

And then remember to campaign AGAINST him in 2008 if he decides to try and continue the reign of discrimination that Bush has started.

Boo Romney!

Seperate is still NOT Equal

Yet another attempt to thwart the minimal progress we're making oh-so-slowly. At least I have hope that on this particular attempt, the answer will be "NOT!"

Boo Lungren!

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

You've got Questions? Here's some Answers

Here we go... This is great! Some clearly worded, nicely laid out information...

Not to mention a good idea!

Bush Sucks

Here is an article stating that Bush is going to try again to push through an amendment that will segregate a portion of American citizens and make them 3rd class.

Why? Why does he want to be the first president in history to amend the Constitution to REMOVE rights of it's citizens??? How insane is this??? And why aren't more people fighting back???

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

A small step forward

This was a pleasant surprise!!!

In this article, we hear about people who aren't directly related to this specific case, trying to get their 2 cents worth put in. Because as I've said before, these people are very loud when it comes to getting what they want.

But I am pleased to report that they did not, in fact, get what they wanted. I'm very surprised, yes, but very pleased!

Good Job, Maryland Court of Appeals.

Saturday, March 12, 2005

Alabama - Keeping it Real

Alabama has long been a state to drag it's heels, kicking and screaming into the present day. It's a testament to their strength and stubbornness, really. They try so hard to live the same values that they were founded on: racism, slavery, discrimination.

But they never stop trying to get back to their roots. White, hetero, religious, and playing by their own rules.

Boo Alabama.

Thursday, March 10, 2005

New Mexico - Taking the next step

New Mexico doesn't want to be just another state that discriminates. They want to be an example when it comes to discrimination!

They don't just want to prevent you from marrying the person of your choice, they want to take it a step further and remove the few measly civil options you have now!

What a wonderful way to go into history! Not just intolerant, but SUPER intolerant!

More of the same in Minnesota

Here's another perfect example... You play our way or you don't get to play!

This is so frustrating! I don't know if this battle is so uphill because there is more of the people who are against this issue, or if it's because the people who are against it are more vocal about it.

I tend to think that people who are more open-minded and free-spirited don't shout as loud as the narrow-minded cookie-cutter lifestyle people.

Which makes this even more important.

If you're of the opinion that every citizen of the USA deserves the same rights then please, get up and make some noise!!! We need to be heard!!!

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Irony in Indiana

I find it very ironic that the people who are always going on about pro-life and family values and God's will, are always the same people who resort to violence when they don't get their way.

This is a perfect example.

But I really liked this statement:

"I think what happens in the privacy of your own home should remain private and should not be legislated by any constitutional amendments," said Carol Rafferty, who supports gay marriage.

Rafferty's been in a lesbian relationship for 14 years.

She says bigotry should not be a part of the constitution, which she believes this is about human rights.

"It was founded to protect people not to discriminate and I do believe this is a discrimination," said Rafferty. "I have hope it's going to be defeated."

How about that? Reason, intelligence, and calm statement of opinion. From a lesbian! Who'da thunk it?? But these are the same people who are going to tear the fabric of our society if they're allowed to marry. Huh. Interesting...

If you're not with us, you're against us

In Iowa, a resounding cry goes up! "If you don't think how we do, which is the right way, then you don't belong in office!"

Silly me. I thought elected officials were supposed to represent the good of ALL constituents. I guess that only means, if they're like us.

Monday, March 07, 2005

Fighting to be heard in Indiana

Ah, the midwest. Images of fields and farmers on tractors and cows in pastures. Kids riding bikes down hills in Small Town, America.

Or, the image of a throng of bigots, trying to condemn a section of the population for feeling differently.

If you're anywhere near this event, go and help by showing your support.

People: Live and Let Live. If you're not being forced to do it, why do you care who is?

Some interesting comparisons

Wow! Just when I was ready to give up on religion, I read this... An article expressing positive viewpoints on same-sex marriage. But the shocker is, this viewpoint is given by a Baptist preacher! Go figure!

I think it's great, though, I really do. And I love the way the author makes comparisons to this battle for equal rights to the ones that have already been fought in our history... the battle for equal rights for Women, for African-Americans, and for interracial marriage.

Good Job.

Sunday, March 06, 2005

The Real People

In this entry, I offered my congratulations to the people who are trying to get the state of Washington to affirm their right to the pursuit of happiness.

This is the story of one of those families.

I try, but I can never wrap my mind around why so many people are against love, simply because it happens to be between people of the same gender. They are not a threat to you. They reinforce all the moral values you loudly claim to want.

Love is Love, Families are Families.

Best Wishes for Success to the Castle-Bauer family. I'll be praying for you all. I hope that you'll be having a wedding reception soon!

Friday, March 04, 2005

Small Minds of the South

Well. I guess I shouldn't be surprised. I grew up in the South and I know a lot of people there are still very old fashioned about life and what equals proper behaviour. And what doesn't.

It's severely disappointing to acknowledge that even some of my close friends from back home, people that I would give my children to, if I died, believe that same-sex marriage is wrong.

Which, of course, changed my mind about who gets my kids if I die. I don't want them growing up with such a narrow view on what makes a family, or what kind of love is "right" and "wrong".

Unless it's pedophilia or incest, I don't think there is a wrong kind of love. And really, those aren't love, those are obsession. And that's all I want to say about that, because we'll get completely off-track if we go down that road.

Boo Oklahoma, Boo Alabama

Yay Idaho! (who knew? color me shocked, I wouldn't have guessed that!)

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Sour Grapes!

Here we have two different articles in which we see how the Catholic church gets a little pissy when you know the difference between "church" and "state".

Kudos to Canadian NDP Member of Parliament for Timmins-James Bay, Charles Angus, (who also happens to be Catholic) and Prime Minister Paul Martin for staying true to their duty in protecting citizens and striving for equality.

Good job, Mr. Angus, Mr. Martin. I'm sorry you have been ostracized from your church, but I'm sure you'll find another church where the parish genuinely accepts all who wish to praise God. Even supporters of equal rights and gay marriage.

Sign the Petition!!!

From the HRC website (found in my links section) you can read more about this under the heading Million for Marriage but basically, it's a petition that you can sign, if you believe that marriage is for everyone, not the selected few. And if you do sign, please pass the link on to your friends! Let's get this show on the road!!

NYC is feeling the Love!

This article is encouraging! New York is always painted to be a bunch of hard-asses walking around not caring about anyone else, but see! The majority of New Yorkers is just fine with same-sex marriage!

But what is with Mayor Bloomberg? Can he be straddling that fence any more? How flaky is it to say that he personally doesn't have a problem with same-sex marriage, but he's going to appeal it anyway because ... there would be... chaos... in the city? Dude. Take a stand! If you're for it, then be for it! If you're not, quit fronting like you're cool, because really? The wishy-washy thing is just going to make everyone hate you.

Yay for New York Citizens for Equality!!!

Boo at the Mayor for being a waffle!!

My Hero

Gavin Newsome is one of my favorite people.

I think I'm going to send him a present!

Yay Connecticut!!!

I love the good news!!!

And can I say? I'm impressed! I would have thought it was a conservative state, so this is way cool.

And then, there's a nimrod...

What an interesting situation...

Here we have a town that is not particularly supportive of gay/lesbian couples, yet they refused to vote against them. Because they don't like the minister that was lobbying for ... employment discrimination!!

The man actually wanted to repeal a law that forbids discrimination of homosexuals in holding municipal jobs! Unbelievable!

This "man of God" actually PICKETS at the funerals of people who died from AIDS!! What God is this that he is representing?? How completely monstrous do you have to be to go to a FUNERAL and cause further emotional trauma to people who just lost a loved one? And how hypocritical are you to do something so heinous and then have the gall to preach about God??

I don't know who this guy thinks he represents, but my God would be more likely to strike him down for being such a sanctimonious snakeoil salesman, than to usher him into heaven.

What a total nimrod.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Support in South America

I'm so glad to see that the movement towards equality isn't dying out. I was a little worried that it would fall to the back burner again.

And I think it did for a little bit, but I think it was a restorative pause and now things are going to start happening again.

I think this is fantastic! All around the world, people are coming around and making efforts to make it right! I especially like this particular statement:

"Gays deserve equal rights, not more rights or less rights. This is something that should be discussed objectively, without interference by the church's moral standard of marriage," he said in an interview in Taubate, a sleepy town of farming and industry about 80 miles northeast of Sao Paulo.

Equal Rights. That's what this is about.

That, and remembering that the Church does not run the State. Or, at least it didn't before Bush was running the State.

Hooray for Washington!!!

This is great news!!! Congratulations to the 8 couples who persevered and took the steps necessary to enact change for equality!! I'm so happy for you and hope that the next step will be the final step in your struggle, ending with your marriage vows!!!

Best of Luck to you all!!

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Good News, Bad News

First, the good news...

This article was really awesome.
I don't really think I can say anything better than this. This is great.

Now the bad news...

This article was really disappointing to read.

What a narrow-minded view the Republican senator has about what makes a family. I personally have a family of 5 people, which includes a son by a previous husband, a daughter by my current husband and a foster son that isn't related by blood. And none of us have ever been happier than we are now, together.

More bad news... very glad I'm not living in South Dakota right now...

Now that's some major infringement there. They're getting ready for future rights removal now. Must be a bunch of boyscouts over there.

~sigh~ very disheartening...