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I posted a thing over on Facebook -- it's public, but you may need an account.

In the threads on that post of a letter from a Philadelphia City Countilmember censuring Don Cathy, a friend of many years said Ok. My turn. Please let it be known that I am in NO WAY homophobic or other such nonsense, but I DO believe that a private company should be allowed to conduct business however it sees fit. This grandstanding is getting ridiculous, IMHO. Again. key word here: Private. Meaning they can do what they please and believe what they please and pass those beliefs onto their employees. If there was a national food chain that professed the opposite of CFA's beliefs, I would not have an issue with it. I don't quite understand the whole outrage thing. Maybe it is just me.

I replied in a series of comments:
Don Cathy, and CFA, have come to represent the old ways in the negative, rather like the Dixiecrats and Massive Resistance during the dying throes of Jim Crow and a bit past the death of Jim Crow (at least til the current round of voter ID laws have revived ol' Jim).

As to the outrage. I've been utterly dumbfounded by the complete acceptance of my European friends and the TOTAL non issue my partner preference is. The outrage stems from needing to fight against people like Cathy and CFA funding hate organizations (according to SPLC -- the Southern Poverty Law Center). The outrage comes from knowing that people like Cathy, NOM, some churches (LDS and Roman Catholic, among others), and organizations/funds/POCs they support looking to recriminalize people like myself, to prevent us from having equal rights, from being able to openly live as we are, just as anyone else.



Frank Kammeny once came and yelled at a bunch of 20-something queer folk, telling us we didn't know what it was like for his generation -- the secrecy, the shame. But, we of GenX DO know. We're old enough to remember how it was, to have watched it changing, but not trusting it, only in the last decade to fully embrace the now that is not the then of our youth. We will NOT tolerate people like Don Cathy working to put things back as they were.

All that said, that was not aimed at you personally, [Redacted], i know you well enough to know that _you_, among others whom i know, are not part of that problem. But, that is where the outrage rises from.

‎(That got me a bit more worked up than i'd realized.)

Big social change is always hard, and in the US, it always seems to flow down the more difficult path, alas.
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[livejournal.com profile] fritterfae wrote a lovely piece on gender non-conformity and sexual orientation. I think you should go read it.
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My friend Hurshy said:

happy feels warm and quiet. merry feels laughy and enjoying wholesome pleasures. gay feels sort of like merry but with an added nuance of possible recklessness.
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Lambda Rising, the iconic gay bookstore in Wsahington, DC, is closing both stores. I have mixed feelings about this, but there it is.
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This baffles and appalls me all at once. What think you?
Tip o'the hat to [livejournal.com profile] telemann

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I think you'll find this post from. [livejournal.com profile] dmlaenker of interest.
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In another forum, [livejournal.com profile] happylion said:
Traditionally, Jewish law says that marriage is about procreation. Therefore, the Pentateuch prohibits a woman from marrying a man whose testes have been damaged or removed. Also, if a couple do not succeed in having children for ten years, they are forcibly divorced and remarried (this happened to distant cousins of mine; they both had children in their second marriage).

American law does not follow the Jewish tradition. Therefore, an American marriage is not simply about procreation, and any arguments based on procreation are meaningless.
in response to this letter to the editor in Monday's Washington Post, page A14:

Therefore these rights are not absolute but curtailed by the laws of nature of that Creator, who clearly designed his creatures to procreate heterosexually, not homosexually. (It just doesn't work any other way.) )

Discuss.
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In November, we in Virginia will vote on a proposed amendment to the Constitution of Virgnia. This is the text of the amendment, as it will appear on the ballot, and potentially be added to the Constitution of Virginia:
That only a union between one man and one woman may be a marriage valid in or recognized by this Commonwealth and its political subdivisions.

This Commonwealth and its political subdivisions shall not create or recognize a legal status for relationships of unmarried individuals that intends to approximate the design, qualities, significance, or effects of marriage. Nor shall this Commonwealth or its political subdivisions create or recognize another union, partnership, or other legal status to which is assigned the rights, benefits, obligations, qualities, or effects of marriage.
Governor Kaine is opposed to this ammendment; here's the press release. To say the least, this amendment is far-reaching, and discriminates against much more than lesbians and gay men.

As one born and raised here, i am apalled by this amendment. I fear it will lead to another case like Loving v. Virgninia 388 U.S. 1 (1967) Docket Number: 395, a recent, shameful, lowpoint in Virginia history.

Sunday 25 June, 7-9 p.m. at Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ, 5010 Little Falls Road, Arlington, VA 22207, there's an HRC event: It's Not Just About Marriage: Virginia Marriage Amendment Teach-In.

You may want to attend, or know someone who should attend. Details are behind the cut, and they would appreciate that RSVP. We MUST fight this amendment.

Info on the Teach-In )

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