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What About Protection For LGBT Families??

#MarriageEquality What About Protection For #LGBT Families?? We’ve come a long way, baby. #PrideMonth

*Note: this piece has been sitting in my drafts folder for almost a year. Since then the U.S. Supreme Court has deemed The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional and several more states have struck down their anti-same sex marriage laws. A lot has changed since I wrote it, but the sentiment remains. I’ve witnessed the damage that happens to gay couples because they didn’t have the legal protections afforded to their heterosexual counterparts. This isn’t about hurting straight couples. This is about protecting LGBT couples. Nothing more.

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Anyone who has lived through the height of the AIDS crisis understands why Same Sex Marriage is necessary.

I’ve witnessed countless gay men lose everything as the families of their deceased partners swooped in like vultures, devouring everything in sight. It reminded me of the peasants picking through Scrooge’s things in the Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol. These family members weren’t close to the deceased. In most cases they had disowned their gay son. Some were so fearful of AIDS that they refused to come visit their son or brother in the hospital, leaving the survivor to care for his sick partner alone. — Strange. Where was their fear of HIV/AIDS when they were picking through the dead man’s belongings?

It pissed me off to no end seeing these cowards walk in after the fact and claim property simply because they were family. Where was their “Family Values” when their relative was sick??

One woman had the arrogance to tell a friend of mine that his 15 year relationship with her brother was nothing more than playing house. “My husband and I have been married for ten years,” she said. “You two may have lived together, but it was not love.” WHAT?? Was she out of her friggin mind??

One of my friends challenged his deceased partner’s family. The father, who was a lawyer, told his son’s partner, “I have infinite resources. You will go bankrupt if you try to challenge me.” My friend’s case never made it to court. He was forced to move less than a year later.

Those are just two examples of the complete disregard for and discrimination of LGBT families. Did you know it is legal to fire someone simply because he or she is Gay in 29 states? Twenty-Nine States! That’s the reason ENDA is so important. AND… Gays and Lesbians can be DENIED housing in another 29 states. What the hell!

“But what about the children?”

Yeah. Conservatives love to hold children hostage over every issue they don’t approve of. For some reason, they think legalizing Same-Sex Marriage will somehow interfere with the raising of their children. I don’t understand the resistance to educating children, in an age appropriate way, about the world around them. Besides, what of the Gay and Lesbian couples who are raising children? Where is the protection for their families?

If the foundation or your marriage so fragile that it would crumble under the weight of another couple’s happiness, I feel sorry for you.

Here’s the thing. Same Sex Marriage is a conservative idea. It’s personal liberty. It’s “Family Values”

Fifteen years ago, when the idea of Same-Sex Marriage was in it’s infancy, I may have settled for Civil Unions, but Civil Unions are NOT equal to Marriage. A Marriage grants you 1,138 federal rights, protections and responsibilities   A Civil Union does not.

Depending on which state you live, it will cost you between $50 and $100 for a Marriage license. In order to acquire some of (but not all) those rights an LGBT couple must hire a lawyer and spend hundreds, maybe thousands of dollars. Why do I need to make a lawyer rich just to enjoy the same rights as any two strangers can get just because they said, “I Do” at a Las Vegas Drive-Thru wedding chapel?

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It heartens me to see that we have accomplished so much since I first drafted this post. At this moment nineteen states and the District of Columbia have given the ‘go ahead’ to same sex marriage. We still have a long way to go, but I cannot overlook the accomplishments of just this last year. LGBTs and their allies have much to be proud of.

Happy Pride Month Everybody!

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I don’t understand the Christian obsession with homosexuality.

On Sunday Morning, I read a post by twowisegals titled, Jesus Christ’s Super Star? … #CarlLentz … #HipsterPastor about this new hip pastor from NYC and his apparent waffling on the subject of homosexuality. It stuck in my craw. Seriously. Why is the first question asked of a religious leader always about homosexuality?

Here is my question to all Christians. It’s been nagging at me for decades and I’d really like an answer.

Why are Christians obsessed with homosexuals? Truly there must be things more worthy of your attention. Hunger, poverty, and war, are just the first three that come to mind.

Christians quote scripture from Leviticus, and they love Sodom and Gomorrah, as examples of God’s distaste of homosexuals. The trouble, besides faulty interpretation, is that these passages come from the Old Testament which is essentially the Hebrew Bible, The Torah, if you will. Anyone who has read the New Testament knows that Peter and Paul spent a great deal of energy convincing the masses that there is a new way, essentially separating the new Christianity from the Hebrew, or Jewish, faith. So the question arises. Why are Christians following the Hebrew text instead of the teachings of Christ?

The Christian obsession with homosexuality borders on mania. It’s almost entertaining until you realize the damage they are doing all around the world. Thanks to American Evangelicals, Homosexuality is punishable by death in much of Africa. The Reverends Scott Lively and Rick Warren are directly responsible for Uganda’s new “Kill The Gays” law. Is this the kind of thing Christians want? The genocide of homosexuals worldwide? Was one Holocaust not enough? — It’s not much of a stretch to say that Putin’s use of homosexuals as scapegoats reminds me of a German madman who did something similar almost century ago.

The fact that Christians are obsessing over sex, instead of protesting the terrorization and murder of fellow human beings, is shameful! I don’t think Jesus Christ would approve.

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Newly Published Bible Earning ‘Duck Dynasty’ More Liberal Hate

ramrodd:

COMMENTARYi don’t entirely understand the appeal of the Duck Brothers. except that they have mace a career out of becoming hillbillies without moving to Beverly Hills. But it is apparent that Pat Robertson hasn’t really connected the dots between Galatians and the Ten Commandments. Christians are simply not subject to the Law of Moses. Paul and Peter spend a great deal of energy in their missionary in a pissing contest with Jewish Christians who insisted that Gentile Christians had to submit to the various laws and customs of what we now call Judaism, when Peter was given a vision specifically vacating these requirements for Gentilles. It is useful to remember that Cornelius, and his family, was the only person in the Bible to be baptized in the Holy Spirit without first being baptized by water or repenting in any manner. As Jesus said of Cornelius, “Not in all of Israel have I found such faith. Cornelius was light years ahead of His disciples and was one of the first to confess He was the Son of God. 


Now, as near as I can tell, Robertson is infected with that pernicious conceit, i.e. “spiritual warfare”, that pervades the language of evangelical preachers with the same military experience as Dick Cheney and Bill O’Reilly. This is an unhealthy frame of reference for people without combat experience because it rouses the passions without the tempering effects of experience. In fact. most of these people deny the possiblility of a “foxhole” conversion because they are largely ignorant of the life-changing potential of feeling your flesh pull away from rounds going through your rucksack without your ability to control the reflex.

As far as duck hunting is concerned, I am sure Pat Robertson is a master of his trade, but his grasp of some basic Christian doctrine makes me suspect that he is actually a Born Again Hebrew, a movement among the evangelicals which has caused considerable mischief in such places as The Air Force Academy and, briefly, in the Army Chaplain Corps. All these protestant splinter groups are independent businesses and they are all scrambling for their market share (which was one of the problems the imported into the Army), but none of them exhibit anything like a catholic (i.e. universal) expression of Christ’s essentially radical humanism. 

In the final analysis, Pat Robertson is just another gun-toting religious bully who is profoundly ignorant of the severe liberty of Christianity, which has nothing to do with the Law of Moses.


Glad I’m not the only one to see this. If you are Christian, you should be concerned with the New Testament, the teachings of Christ, for which Christianity is named.

secularhumanist2:

natskep:
if you need a reward/punishment system to tell you right from wrong, kiss your dog, because you are no better than him

Every dog owner will tell you that even dogs know right from wrong.

secularhumanist2:

natskep:

if you need a reward/punishment system to tell you right from wrong, kiss your dog, because you are no better than him

Every dog owner will tell you that even dogs know right from wrong.

jabbernowle:

god gave us two hands for a reason

Is this a thing? Do people hold hands when they masturbate? If so, how do they rewind or pause the movie?
…asking for a friend. 0_0

jabbernowle:

god gave us two hands for a reason

Is this a thing? Do people hold hands when they masturbate?
If so, how do they rewind or pause the movie?

…asking for a friend. 0_0

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beavregard:

policymic:

Powerful portraits reflect double life of Uganda’s LGBT activists

On Feb. 24, Uganda President Museveni signed into law a bill criminalizing homosexuality. With a stroke of his pen, President Museveni told his nation’s LGBT citizens that they are aberrant, unnatural and certainly unwelcome. This is the reality captured by photojournalist Daniella Zalcman in her powerful series Double Exposure.

Zalcman, supported by a grant from the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, first visited Uganda in 2011 whenre she spent time with LGBT activists fighting against the rampant anti-gay sentiment in the country. 

"People are fearful of what’s going to happen under this new law, and they’re fearful for the future of LGBT awareness and all of the related psychological, physical, and public health risks, but they still want to tell their stories," Zalcman told PolicyMic. 

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so fucking brave.

First they came for the Communists,
and I didn’t speak up,
because I wasn’t a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak up,
because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn’t speak up,
because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me,
and by that time there was no one
left to speak up for me.

— 

 Martin Niemoller

Does it bother anyone that this Ugandan law was instigated by an American clergyman named Scott Lively? That’s right, an American waging a religious war against LGBT people all but wrote the law that now condemns people in Uganda. Let that sink in.

Raise up you voices loud and clear. THIS IS NOT OKAY!

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This may very well be the best response I’ve seen to the passing of WBC leader Fred Phelps.

Published on Mar 23, 2014

"Protests. Signs. Hate. Love. Oh my! Reverend Fred Phelps from the Westboro Baptist Church is dead. What to think?! I have mixed emotions. I’ve asked my friends, too. Here’s what I really
think!” - Jeffrey

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