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Dithering and Simmering

I'm always surprised to come home the day after a party to find a clean apartment. Far more people showed up than I expected, and for almost the first time, I don't have any leftovers! This is a shame, as the food was quite good, if I may say so myself. A random New Zealander musician who dropped in (friend of a friend) claimed my burgers were worth selling his soul to get, which was high praise indeed.

Currently I'm simmering and dithering - simmering because of the CA SC's decision on Prop 8. Reading the actual text of the decision it's not as disastrous as one might think, as all the privileges of being married are still afforded to same-sex couples, they're simply barred from calling it marriage. That still sucks, but it doesn't suck as mightily as it could. Naturally right wing bigots crawled out of the woodwork to support the decision. Thus I simmer. I still have yet to have one opponent of gay marriage explain to me how same-sex couples affects them at all, much less negatively. I do not understand, I ascribe it to futureshock and bigotry. And simmer.

I dither because I know I really ought to be working out. (Wii Active totally kicks my ass, and by the way, you don't need the balance board from Wii Fit to do it, though if you have it, it will integrate it.) Now I am done dithering; I have a couple of soul-destroying burgers to work off. I barely got to taste the smoked habanero ribs!


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May. 27th, 2009 04:16 am (UTC)
So you know I work at Conservative General Hospital and that many of the RNs I work with are Mormon. In fact, several of my coworkers actively campaigned for Prop 8, going door to door and making phone calls.

I usually have to curb my liberal tongue on the job. But when the topic has come up among those willing to discuss it with me the main reasons they claim to oppose gay marriage are 1> They seem to believe that the law would make it mandatory for their church to perform same sex marriages in their temples and 2> Gay mariage would be taught in public schools.

That, in a nutshell, is what they have a problem with. Or so they say. Personally, I think that's disingenuous at best. If that was the real concern, then they ought to have simply introduced a ballot measure ensuring the rights of *churches* to refuse to conduct mariages that go against their own tenets. (Although, I am pretty sure that the Catholic Church has a legal right to refuse to marry a Protestant like me in their chapel. For that matter, I think the Mormon Church could and would do the same.)

I am also inclined to believe that the notion of gay marriage being taught in public schools is alarmist. I don't imagine for even a minute that public schools want to touch that topic.

But the big, really big problem is that neither of those concerns have any basis in fact. People need to actually READ THE STINKING BALLOT MEASURES FOR THEMSELVES instead of letting TV commercials or the pulpit tell them how to vote.
May. 27th, 2009 04:18 am (UTC)
The state can not compel any church to perform any ceremony. Period. No law necessary - it's already impossible.
May. 27th, 2009 04:20 am (UTC)
May. 27th, 2009 07:21 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry I missed out on the festivities. KublaCon was a decent time, though, so I can't complain too much.

But I didn't have a tasty, heart-clogging homemade burger... :{
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