Monday, May 19, 2008

Celtic pride & gay marriage plume

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Celtics in 7! Nuff said.

Now, although, I had second thoughts about putting what follows in the same post as the Celtics's going through to the Eastern Conference Finals, I had to, since there is a link. Boston leads the way -- in many ways, like, how the Celtics made one of the best turnarounds in NBA history. Massachusetts leads all states in "the fundamental constitutional right to form a family relationship", a.k.a gay marriage.

With the California Supreme Court's 4-3 decision last week against a ban on gay marriages, despite a previous 61% majority vote in 2000 to reaffirm the 1977 state law that defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman, all is not lost. Pro-family groups are working towards putting on the ballot in November a constitutional amendment to make the CSC's decision moot.

Michelle M. quotes "Conservative religious organizations have submitted more than 1.1 million signatures for an initiative that would amend the state Constitution to outlaw same-sex marriage. If at least 694,354 signatures are found to be valid, a tally that is due by mid-June, the measure would go on the November ballot and, if approved by voters, would override any court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage."

In a quote by Dawn Eden (May 16) of Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, I put a link here of what Elizabeth wrote in her last book on Massachusetts's approval of gay marriages.

In part, as Dawn quotes:

"Many Americans, who come to see same-sex marriage as just another step in marriage’s evolution, will accept the public pronouncements that they are doing no more than supporting 'fairness' by extending some valuable benefits to people of the same sex who happen to love each other and wish to live together without shame or stigma. What could be more innocuous? But for the hardcore activists, the real goal is the destruction of marriage as the union of a man and a woman. They aim to discredit all forms of authority—especially God and nature—that dare to tell people how to lead their lives. In the view of queer activists, desire, like love in Carmen’s 'Habenera,' knows no law—nor should any be imposed upon it.

"In the current climate, the appeal of their position is not hard to understand, especially since most of those who accept it do not begin to understand its implications. If anything, the defense of same-sex marriage looks like yet another logical step in the gradual increase in freedom for all members of society. And since activists, the courts, and the media overwhelmingly encourage this deception, we may readily understand that many people may come to see same-sex marriage as another blow against outmoded and illegitimate forms of authority—a blow for freedom and equality. Buying into this view, however, they will remain blind to the ways in which they are playing into the hands of vast governmental and economic powers. The freedom for gays and lesbians to marry will decisively contribute to disaggregating all of the remaining social institutions that provide the foundations for any collective resistance against political and economic domination."

See also Maggie Gallagher at

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