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Our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote. Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity!
President Obama outlines a human rights agenda during his second inaugural address today. (via election)
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If a victory for marriage equality happens, straight couples can go about their lives and nothing will change. If a defeat occurs, gay couples must live in fear of retaining joint custody of children, access to hospital rooms, health insurance, and on and on. Our families and friends, our children and nieces and nephews, come to realize that their family members are beneath civil equality - and that their inferiority is written into their very constitution. Listening to Maggie Gallagher this week, you may be struck by how she sees herself as the victim. Let me kindly suggest that that is not exactly an expression of human empathy.
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liberal-life:

Bishop William Lori of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops testified before a House Judiciary subcommittee on Oct. 26 about the “grave threats to religious liberty that have emerged even since June.” Lori specifically singled out the administration’s refusal to defend the constitutionality of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act and state efforts to expand marriage equality to gays and lesbians:

The federal Department of Justice (DoJ) has ratcheted up its attack on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) by mischaracterizing it as an act of bigotry….If the label of “bigot” sticks to our Church and many other churches—especially in court, under the Constitution—because of their teaching on marriage, the result will be church-state conflicts for many years to come.

As I shared earlier this week, many Catholics do not share the views of the Church’s leaders on many LGBT issues.

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liberal-life:

The Catholic Church has been one of the leading opponents of marriage equality across the country (including fights in California, Maine, New York, and now Minnesota), but a new survey shows that most American Catholics do not identify with the Church leadership’s anti-gay rhetoric. According to the study:

  • Only 35 percent of Catholics oppose same-sex marriage.
  • Only 16 percent of Catholics say church leaders have “the final say” on homosexuality, down from 32 percent over the past 25 years.
  • 57 percent of Catholics say individuals have “the final say” on homosexuality, up from 39 percent over the past 25 years.
  • 83 percent of Catholics say the clergy sexual abuse has hurt the bishops’ moral and political credibility.

This is encouraging news. However, what is with the 17% of Catholics who don’t think the clergy sexual abuse scandals have hurt the Church’s moral credibility?

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pantslessprogressive:

North Carolina. September 13. Greensboro residents Steve Tanis and Rich Garraputa, who have been together for 13 years, walk toward the North Carolina Legislative Building Tuesday after a rally against a state constitutional amendment that would label marriage between a man and a woman as the only domestic legal union in North Carolina.
The State Senate voted Tuesday to put the gay marriage ban on the ballot in May 2012. The House voted in favor of the measure Monday.
If approved, the state constitution would be amended to only recognize marriage between a man and a woman as a legal union. Domestic partnerships and civil unions between straight couples and gay couples would not be recognized by the state.
[Photo: Ted Richardson/AP]

pantslessprogressive:

North Carolina. September 13. Greensboro residents Steve Tanis and Rich Garraputa, who have been together for 13 years, walk toward the North Carolina Legislative Building Tuesday after a rally against a state constitutional amendment that would label marriage between a man and a woman as the only domestic legal union in North Carolina.

The State Senate voted Tuesday to put the gay marriage ban on the ballot in May 2012. The House voted in favor of the measure Monday.

If approved, the state constitution would be amended to only recognize marriage between a man and a woman as a legal union. Domestic partnerships and civil unions between straight couples and gay couples would not be recognized by the state.

[Photo: Ted Richardson/AP]

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producermatthew:

Gay people get married in New York; Christians take to the streets. [AP Photo]
Let’s recap:
Christians won’t protest a woman marrying a roller coaster
Christians won’t protest a woman marrying a dolphin
Christians won’t protest a woman marrying a dog
Christians won’t protest a man marrying a videogame character
Christians won’t protest a woman marrying a landmark
Christians won’t protest a man marrying a pillow
Christians won’t protest a man marrying a cat
But gay people getting married? That totally screws with the Biblical sanctity of marriage. Fundamentalist Christians, grab your Bibles and hit the streets!
[Commentary]

producermatthew:

Gay people get married in New York; Christians take to the streets. [AP Photo]

Let’s recap:

But gay people getting married? That totally screws with the Biblical sanctity of marriage. Fundamentalist Christians, grab your Bibles and hit the streets!

[Commentary]

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There has always been some homosexuality in the world, of course, but now it is successful everywhere it turns. Whole nations no longer consider it a sin, even though it is a sin. It fits into place now — God has orchestrated this to indicate we are right at the end. We are at the threshold of being destroyed by fire and brimstone.

Harold Camping, the fundamentalist responsible for the prediction that judgment day will be May 21, in this interesting Washington Post article (via posnonrel)

Gasp! Bigotry and Christianity? Who woulda thunk it!?

(via goodreasonnews)

So the world’s “ending” well before 2012…

As the great Harry Doyle said, “I think I’ll wet my pants.”

paradiseisinacookiejar:

oliviademilo:

10 Reasons Why Gay Marriage is Wrong 


01) Being gay is not natural. Real Americans always reject unnatural things like eyeglasses, polyester, and air conditioning. 

02) Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay, in the same way that hanging around tall people will make you tall.

03) Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of crazy behavior. People may even wish to marry their pets because a dog has legal standing and can sign a marriage contract. 

04) Straight marriage has been around a long time and hasn’t changed at all; women are still property, blacks still can’t marry whites, and divorce is still illegal. 

05) Straight marriage will be less meaningful if gay marriage were allowed; the sanctity of Britany Spears’ 55-hour just-for-fun marriage would be destroyed.

06) Straight marriages are valid because they produce children. Gay couples, infertile couples, and old people shouldn’t be allowed to marry because our orphanages aren’t full yet, and the world needs more children. 

07) Obviously gay parents will raise gay children, since straight parents only raise straight children. 

08) Gay marriage is not supported by religion. In a theocracy like ours, the values of one religion are imposed on the entire country. That’s why we have only one religion in America. 

09) Children can never succeed without a male and a female role model at home. That’s why we as a society expressly forbid single parents to raise children. 

10) Gay marriage will change the foundation of society; we could never adapt to new social norms. Just like we haven’t adapted to cars, the service-sector economy, or longer life spans.

I laughed really hard at the ones i bolded

btw, before you get your knickers in a twist this post is complete sarcasm kthx.

I know I’m stating the obvious here, but this just goes to show that given enough time, anything and everything will show up again on Tumblr. :)

See this post from April 2009.