New Zealand Approves Gay Marriage

I forgot that I heard about this on the way in to work yesterday. I’m glad that those cute Kiwis have approved gay marriage. Of course it seems that both New Zealand and Australia are all about the secular government, which I also like.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Hundreds of jubilant gay-rights advocates celebrated at New Zealand’s Parliament as the country became the 13th in the world and the first in the Asia-Pacific region to legalize same-sex marriage.

Lawmakers voted 77 to 44 in favor of the gay-marriage bill on its third and final reading Wednesday night. People watching from the public gallery and some lawmakers immediately broke into song after the result was announced, singing the New Zealand love song “Pokarekare Ana” in the indigenous Maori language.

Full story courtesy of Huffington Post

Catholic League President: Marriage is Not About Love

Well, I have to say that this explains a lot. Namely why the divorce rate is so high for such a sacred institution.

An outspoken and controversial Catholic leader claims that procreation, not love, is the reason why two people get married.

In an interview on Current TV’s “Viewpoints” last week, Catholic League President Bill Donohue covered a favorite topic — gay marriage — claiming the “idea of two men getting married is the most bizarre idea in human history.”

Christians, said Donohue, have an obligation to follow natural law. “Everyone knows in their right mind that the whole purpose of marriage is to have a family,” he told host John Fugelsang. “It’s not about making people happy. It’s not about love.” Every child needs a father and a mother, he continued, citing “social and psychological attributes.”

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Judge Rules in favor of lesbian couple

I’m glad these ladies won their suit. But I would like to point out that the defense lawyer’s got it wrong. None of her rights were violated. Especially not her First Amendment rights. These women aren’t trying to stop her from exercising her religion. She is free to worship who she wants, where she wants and how she wants, but she does NOT have the right to impose her beliefs on other individuals which is what she is doing by denying the Lesbian couple a place to stay simply because she disagrees with their lifestyle.

HONOLULU (AP) — A judge has ruled a Hawaii bed and breakfast violated the law when two women were denied a room because they’re gay.

The Hawaii First Circuit Court judge ruled in favor of a Southern California couple who sued Aloha Bed & Breakfast for discrimination in 2011, Lambda Legal announced Monday. In 2007, Diane Cervelli and Taeko Bufford tried to book a room at the bed and breakfast because it’s in Hawaii Kai, the same east Honolulu neighborhood where the friend they were visiting lived.

When Cervelli specified they would need one bed, the owner asked if they were lesbians. Cervelli responded truthfully and the owner said she was uncomfortable having lesbians in her house because of her religious views, the lawsuit said.

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Gay-Friendly Scouting Organization Doubles Membership

All the focus as of late has been on the Boy Scouts of America. I don’t know where the Girl Scouts of America stand, but I’m sure it has standards similar to BSA. Although it saddens me to know that if I had children, they would be excluded from either of these organisations, especially since I was both a Brownie and Girl Scout as a child, then later served briefly as a Scout Leader in my brother’s troop, I don’t feel the need to make a huge deal out of it. If the BSA and presumably the GSA want to foster exclusion, fine. Why do they have to be the sole organizations to teach our children the skills so famously touted by either organization? Why can’t new organizations be started which don’t exclude children or their parents for any reason? Thankfully there is such an organization: Navigators USA. They are small in number as yet, but all organizations start small. None has ever blasted onto the scene with a million members over night. Things take time to grow and thankfully Navigators USA is doing just that.

The Boy Scouts of America, which discriminates against gay Scouts, atheists, and families who want to put their sons and daughters in the same scouting program, has seen its membership plummet in the last decade. Many former Scouts have left scouting altogether. But a number of families fed up with BSA policies have found Navigators USA—a small organization that “welcomes all people…no matter what gender, race, lifestyle, ability, religious or lack of religious belief” and has seen its chapters (comparable to Boy Scout troops) double in the last year.

“We knew the Boy Scouts excluded gays when we started, but we thought that was one of the old, outdated rules on its way off the books,” says Bryan Freed, whose family switched from the Boy Scouts to a Navigators chapter in Los Altos, California, after the Boy Scouts publicly reaffirmed their ban on gay Scouts and Scoutmasters in July 2012. “We told our 8-year-old son, Nathan, what we thought of the official BSA rule on excluding gays, and we let him decide.”

And for any in doubt about what the Navigators can teach your son, here’s their ‘Navigators Moral Compass’:

As a Navigator I promise to do my best
to create a world free of prejudice and ignorance.
To treat people of every race, creed, lifestyle and ability with dignity and respect.
To strengthen my body and improve my mind to reach my full potential.
To protect our planet and preserve our freedom.

Full article available from Mother Jones

Man Arrested for Refusing to Leave Partner

This is wrong on so many levels. Someone who has power of attorney and therefore power to make medical decisions on behalf of the patient should have priority over all other family members. I hope the spiteful individual pays for this in some way and the nurse who refused to follow up on the information given should be fired. Hell I wouldn’t be surprised if the guy arrested sues the hospital.

A gay man was arrested at a hospital in Missouri this week when he refused to leave the bedside of his partner, and now a restraining order is preventing him from any type of visitation.

Roger Gorley told WDAF that even though he has power of attorney to handle his partner’s affairs, a family member asked him to leave when he visited Research Medical Center in Kansas City on Tuesday.

Gorley said he refused to leave his partner Allen’s bedside, and that’s when security put him in handcuffs and escorted him from the building.

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Dear GOP: Learn History

It seems that there are certain members of the GOP who don’t know history very well (excluding anything spewed forth from one Alaskan senator) or else comments being made by Dave Agema might be more accurate. This Michigan National Republican Committee member seems to have glossed over much of American history, otherwise he’d know that the main political platforms of both parties have switched many times over the past century and will very likely continue to do so.

There is apparently a petition going around started by Brad Fingeroot of the Oakland County Young Republicans calling for the Republican Party to adopt a more inclusive tone toward the homosexual community. There’s talk about it on Facebook and Mr Agema thinks that accepting homosexuals would be detrimental to the future of this country. Mr Agema accused Mr Fingeroot of trying to change the party’s long-standing principles.

Because if you look back over American history, political beliefs have always been the same. Take a history class and learn something Mr Agema. You will learn that political party “long-standing principles” can and will be changed. If you can’t accept it, that’s your problem. Clearly there are some – especially the next generation of Republicans – who are willing to make changes.

You could always start a much needed third party in this country and invite all of your hateful Republican cronies who are unwilling to change. I even have the ideal name for your political party: He-Man Woman-Haters Club.

 

My thanks to Huffington Post for providing another stellar article and my apologies to Our Gang for the insult.

 

BJF

Absurdly Laughable

Sue Everhart (R, GA.) needs to wake up to reality. According to an article on the Huffington Post’s website, legalizing gay marriage would cause hundreds, perhaps thousands, of straight people to pretend to be gay just so they can receive benefits. Well, Mrs. Everhart, guess what! Straight people get married for insurance purposes now. I lived with a straight couple in California for 2 years who had lived together for over twenty years and had just tied the knot mere months before I moved out there. Why? So she could be on his insurance. And there are millions of straight people on some kind of benefits deal with the Government who have no business being there.

You wanna work on people taking horrible advantage of the system, Mrs. Everhart? How about looking into the millions of people on disability for nothing more than high blood pressure, diabetes and back pain that could probably be helped if they were offered some kind of job with an employer who didn’t mind them moving about for 10 minutes once every few hours. If you need some assistance in where to find these people, I direct you to the recent series on NPR’s Planet Money on the startling rise of disability in America.

BJF

My Turn

I know this is just one small addition to the huge melting pot of gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered blogs out there, but I wanted something to call my own. For all I know, I could wind up just talking to the wall, expressing my opinion to no one, but I’m going to take the plunge anyway.

I hope anyone who stumbles across this blog will stick around and follow me, if only for a little while.

 

BJF