Wednesday, May 4, 2011

News from the States

  • Rhode Island, which looked so promising for equality, has backed off. The state Senate will not pass a marriage equality bill, according to the (gay) speaker of the state house, Gordon Fox. The Democratic state Senate leader opposes equality but has called for civil unions.

    Civil unions are a start, but they are NOT ENOUGH.

    Still, they are enough to outrage the Roman Catholic hierarchy which continues to protest any legal rights for loving gay couples.
    In its own weekly newspaper, the diocese said civil unions come no closer to church doctrine than same-sex marriage:

    "Marriage has been established by our Creator in harmony with the nature of man and woman and with its own properties and purpose. No ideology can erase from the human spirit the certainty that marriage exists solely between a man and a woman.

    "However well-intentioned it is the experiment called 'Civil Unions' is not an acceptable alternative to marriage as it too undermines the unique relationship of one man and one woman in holy matrimony by giving equal status, albeit by another name, to same-sex relationships,'' the editorial says.

  • Minnesota, meanwhile, has a trio of Republicans hoping to push through an anti-marriage amendment now that the Republicans have taken both houses of the legislature. Once this passes the two houses, it will go to the ballot.

    State Rep. Steve Simon asked those supporting this amendment, "How many more gay people does God have to create before we ask ourselves whether or not God actually wants them around?
Alas, it is inevitable this will pass in MN and go to the ballot. The hate, it just intensifies. THese people claim that they are not homophobes, and they claim they bear us no ill will.

News flash: denying us legal recognition for our families is ill will. Telling lies about us is ill will.

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