Category Archives: Marriage Equality

The Progression of a Society

Of late, there has been a great deal of talk about the intent of the Founding Fathers of our country, particularly as it relates to the Constitution. To some, the Fathers were infallible and divinely inspired.

While I have great admiration and am grateful that those Patriots brought to birth our nation, I do not share in the deification of the Founding Fathers. When this nation was born, women were still second class citizens and non-whites weren’t even citizens at all. Slavery and the genocide of the Native Americans were the law of the land. All men were not created equal.

The progression of a society is a slow process and sometimes that progression is accompanied by violence and even war.  Some of the progress is prompted by court decision, other by courageous and principled legislative activity and more yet by seminal changes in attitudes within society.

Sometimes, the leadership that is required to facilitate progress is not recognized as such at the time. Today, we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., but in the Sixties, he was vilified by a good portion of society. The FBI had an extensive file on him and many were convinced that he was a communist. MLK did not change – society’s attitude towards him changed.

Most take for granted the progression of society wrought by the Civil Rights Movement, but that progression came with a horrible price tag and virtually split the country in half once again.

It is said that opposition to Gay Rights is the last “acceptable” form of bigotry.  I feel for those that are hurt by the lack of progress towards equality for our gay brothers and sisters, but I also remember that it was just a half century ago that racial discrimination was rampant.

That is scant consolation for those damaged by sexual orientation discrimination, but with time comes progress and time is greatly compressed in this age of high speed communication. I am not preaching patience, I am preaching hope.

The day will come when, truly, all men and women are created equal.

William Stephenson Clark

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Maybe Redemption is Possible for Everyone. . .

Ted Olson, the attorney who aided George W. Bush in his selection as president of the U.S.A., is now fighting proposition 8, California’s same sex marriage ban.  Olson has teamed up with his opponent  in the Bush v. Gore battle (attorney David Boies) to undo proposition 8.  Being declared an honoray lesbian is a title Olson wears with pride.

Olson was the subject of Maureen Dowd’s Sunday editorial.  He aknowledges his emotional reaction to the case and those effected: “’I think there’s something the matter with you if you don’t care enough to feel the suffering that they’ve been through and if you’re not emotionally upset about the fact that we’re doing an immense amount of harm to people,’ he said. ‘We’re not treating them like Americans. We’re not treating them like citizens.’”

More from the editorial:  “‘The anti-gay-marriage proponents whipped up a moral frenzy in 2008, suggesting conjugal parity would harm children, summon the devil, tear down churches and melt civilization.’ But Olson argued in his opening statement that the discrimination gays experience ‘weakens our moral fiber in this country.’”

Both attorneys expressed their disappointment with President Obama’s position on this cause: “’Damned right,’ Boies snapped. ‘I hope my Democratic president will catch up to my conservative Republican co-counsel.’”

While I don’t think Olson did the nation a favor with his work to install G.B. Bush, as the title states, “maybe redemption is possible for everyone.”

iggydonnelly

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Seems to have the debate covered

What is left out?  Oh, I know — a solution!

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Obama to Speak to Human Rights Campaign Tonight

obama-official-photo[1]While the LGBT community has been understandably disappointed in Obama’s implementation of his professed support for gay rights, some, including Representative Barny Frank, contend that real progress is being made.  The progress Frank is referring to is the Hate Crime legislation that will include attacks motivated by the victims’ sexual orientation.

Also the LGBT community is reportedly pleased by the Obama’s appointment to his staff of approximately 100 openly gay persons.  Obama has taken heat from right wing groups who have attacked two gay members of his team: Kevin Jennings (Education Department) and Chai Feldblum (nominee to the Equal Opportunity Commission).

The reason the Team Obama gives for being so slow in implementing much for the LGBT community is that with wars, the economy, and joblessness, he already has “a lot on his plate.”  Okay, but human rights seem like an issue worthy of the POTUS’s attention, as well.

Read more here.

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The Stonewall Inn Rebellion

A brief history on the Stonewall Inn uprising.

Frank Rich’s op-ed about the Stonewall Inn rebellion: 40 Years Later: Still Second Class Americans.

iggy donnelly

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Two happy fathers

gay-penguins-caWhy can’t humans be as understanding and accepting as other living breathing inhabitants of our planet?

Two gay male penguins have hatched a chick and are now rearing it as its adoptive parents, says a German zoo.

The zoo, in Bremerhaven, northern Germany, says the adult males – Z and Vielpunkt – were given an egg which was rejected by its biological parents.

It says the couple are now happily rearing the chick, said to have reached four weeks old.”

Would many human children find loving homes if we were more accepting of gay couples?  Would we move a step closer to solving the problems of unwanted pregnancies if couples who would love to be parents were given the opportunity?

fnord

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The National Organization for Marriage

This article is hysterical and the comments that follow it are, too.

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Filed under GLBT Rights, Marriage Equality, Radical Rightwing groups, Republicans