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Re: The Official Complaint Thread!
« Reply #735 on: May 09, 2012, 07:36:03 PM »
Should start a 'get divorced to support equal rights' campaign, probably get quite a few takers.
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« Reply #736 on: May 09, 2012, 08:17:56 PM »
I heard an interesting perspective that if you are for gay marriage but are not gay yourself than you should not get married. Then you really are supporting gay marriage by not joining the discriminating club.

I don't really get the point of the message that gets sent by this.  Usually when you withdraw from something it is done to get the attention of the larger masses.  When teachers go on strike, it sends a message because you have to find daycare for your kids.  It then kind of puts you right in the middle of the issue and you can then choose to side with the teachers, or side with government and voice your displeasure.

By not getting married you aren't sending a message other than fewer marriage license fees/divorce fees. 

What they really should do is round up every single person who voted 'Yes' to ban gay marriage and then uphold them to the values of the Bible (that they have used to justify banning this 'sinful' practice).  If any of them are divorced, undo the divorce - that's not allowed.  If any of them have committed adultery - stone them.  Etc. etc. etc. 

The sanctity of marriage died long ago, but hey, the customs of 5000BC said not to, so lets follow them.  Now excuse me while I go talk about how backwards the customs of Sharia Law are while mispronouncing America as Mehrika.

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« Reply #737 on: May 09, 2012, 08:31:29 PM »
Yeah, I'm not sure how boycotting marriage will really send a message.

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« Reply #738 on: May 09, 2012, 08:41:02 PM »

Dan Savage got asked about the idea of boycotting marriage a while back and I liked his answer:

http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/SavageLove?oid=2418343

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Here's what I think straight couples should do in the meantime, HTRC: Get married, make a donation to the fight for marriage equality, and encourage your guests to do the same. And, hey, are you guys getting married in the next four weeks? Because there's a ballot measure in Maine that would strip same-sex couples in that state of their newly won right to wed. Help protect marriage equality in Maine by making a donation—right now—at www.protectmaineequality.org. And religious bigots in Washington State, where I live, are attempting to repeal a domestic-partnership law at the ballot box. Protect the rights of same-sex couples in Washington by making a donation—right now—at www.approvereferendum71.org.

And in addition to throwing some money around, HTRC, I think you should consider lifting one of the readings from my friends' ceremony.

"Marriage is a vital social institution," the reading began. "The exclusive commitment of two individuals to each other nurtures love and mutual support. Civil marriage is at once a deeply personal commitment to another human being and a highly public celebration of the ideals of mutuality, companionship, intimacy, fidelity, and family. Because it fulfills yearnings for security, safe haven, and connection that express our common humanity, civil marriage is an esteemed institution and the decision whether and whom to marry is among life's momentous acts of self-definition."

So touching, so true, and so universal—who could argue with those sentiments? Everyone at the wedding was nodding. And the reading continued...

"It is undoubtedly for these concrete reasons, as well as for its intimately personal significance, that civil marriage has long been termed a 'civil right.' Without the right to choose to marry, one is excluded from the full range of human experience."

After the reading—which was done by a gay friend of the couple—the officiant identified the source: It was from the 2003 Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage in that state. It was a lovely gesture: The gay couples at the wedding were touched and the hetero couples were reminded of the injustice that gay couples face. It would be wonderful if this passage from the Massachusetts court's ruling on marriage equality caught on as a wedding reading, HTRC.
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Re: The Official Complaint Thread!
« Reply #739 on: May 09, 2012, 08:41:22 PM »

I don't really get the point of the message that gets sent by this.  Usually when you withdraw from something it is done to get the attention of the larger masses.  When teachers go on strike, it sends a message because you have to find daycare for your kids.  It then kind of puts you right in the middle of the issue and you can then choose to side with the teachers, or side with government and voice your displeasure.

By not getting married you aren't sending a message other than fewer marriage license fees/divorce fees. 

What they really should do is round up every single person who voted 'Yes' to ban gay marriage and then uphold them to the values of the Bible (that they have used to justify banning this 'sinful' practice).  If any of them are divorced, undo the divorce - that's not allowed.  If any of them have committed adultery - stone them.  Etc. etc. etc. 

The sanctity of marriage died long ago, but hey, the customs of 5000BC said not to, so lets follow them.  Now excuse me while I go talk about how backwards the customs of Sharia Law are while mispronouncing America as Mehrika.

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« Reply #740 on: May 09, 2012, 09:01:15 PM »
Not good at all busta. Man, I'm so glad to be in the 905... and here I was pissed that one  my kid's friends who lives down the street had their bike stolen a couple nights ago. - I'm sure we'll catch the creep.

I'm not exactly in a dangerous area either. Seriously, who would have every thought there'd be a shooting in Oriole Park?
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« Reply #741 on: May 09, 2012, 09:35:00 PM »
Not good at all busta. Man, I'm so glad to be in the 905... and here I was pissed that one  my kid's friends who lives down the street had their bike stolen a couple nights ago. - I'm sure we'll catch the creep.

I'm not exactly in a dangerous area either. Seriously, who would have every thought there'd be a shooting in Oriole Park?

Sorry to hear about it from both the standpoint of the shooting victim and just how unsafe that can make you feel.

With that out of the way, maybe the shooter got confused by Oriole, and thought he was in Baltimore?

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« Reply #742 on: May 09, 2012, 11:48:24 PM »
I think it's great that Obama has made his personal views on gay marriage public.   The President making a statement like that is a big step forward, regardless of whether he's just playing politics or not.

But a statement like that would have been more helpful before the vote was taken.   He also gave himself an out by saying that it should be left up to the State to decide their position.

I just want him to walk up to a podium, say "EQUAL RIGHTS, BEACHES!", sign a piece of paper, and make it legal.   Yes, I know that's not how democracy works, but this is a pretty clear cut issue to me.

EDIT: I like this guy, Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark.   He puts it very well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4Z7tl7Vy8U

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« Reply #743 on: May 10, 2012, 06:49:10 AM »

I'm not exactly in a dangerous area either. Seriously, who would have every thought there'd be a shooting in Oriole Park?

I guess it makes it all that unnerving in a cleaner neighborhood. I couldn't imagine that happening in ours. 

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« Reply #744 on: May 10, 2012, 09:11:30 AM »
Speaking of gay rights, David Menzies is an idiot.  What a ridiculous article.

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/david-menzies/brian-burke_b_1331929.html

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« Reply #745 on: May 10, 2012, 09:30:29 AM »
I heard an interesting perspective that if you are for gay marriage but are not gay yourself than you should not get married. Then you really are supporting gay marriage by not joining the discriminating club.

I'm sorry, but that's completely absurd.  The "discriminating club" isn't married people.  At most, this gesture is a boycott of the wedding industry, which as an industry would certainly be thrilled of gay people had lots of weddings.  It doesn't take money away from anybody who opposes gay marriage, and it doesn't take votes away from anybody who does either.  It's a silent statement to nobody.

For that matter, if anything, this gesture would inadvertantly prove why gay marriage shouldn't be an issue at all, in that the marriage or lack of marriage between two straight people doesn't impact anybody else any more than the marriage ot two gay people.
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Re: The Official Complaint Thread!
« Reply #746 on: May 10, 2012, 10:08:54 AM »
Speaking of gay rights, David Menzies is an idiot.  What a ridiculous article.

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/david-menzies/brian-burke_b_1331929.html

I can't believe what I just read.  That is a terrible article and the writer is an idiot.

I just tweeted @TheMenzoid telling him what I thought of the article.
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« Reply #747 on: May 10, 2012, 10:30:14 AM »
Speaking of gay rights, David Menzies is an idiot.  What a ridiculous article.

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/david-menzies/brian-burke_b_1331929.html

I can't believe what I just read.  That is a terrible article and the writer is an idiot.

I just tweeted @TheMenzoid telling him what I thought of the article.

Him and Charles McVety are why I no longer listen to AM640.
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Re: The Official Complaint Thread!
« Reply #748 on: May 10, 2012, 10:49:43 AM »
All you married types are freaks.
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Re: The Official Complaint Thread!
« Reply #749 on: May 10, 2012, 11:29:01 AM »
Speaking of gay rights, David Menzies is an idiot.  What a ridiculous article.

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/david-menzies/brian-burke_b_1331929.html
That is almost unbelievable...

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