Welcome to the dumping ground for all my random thoughts and strokes of genius. Tread carefully.
P.S. The title comes from a Dorothy Parker quote. "This is not a novel to be tossed lightly aside. It should be thrown with great force."
Replace "novel" with just about anything else and you've got yourself some damn good words to live by.
We are not anti-gay — we are pro-marriage,” Tami Fitzgerald, chairwoman of the executive committee for the pro-amendment Vote for Marriage NC, said at a victory rally in Raleigh, where supporters ate pieces of a wedding cake topped by figures of a man and a woman.
I would love to live in a country where “separation of church and state” was a reality rather than a catch-phrase. This is extremely bad policy making.
Ok, so I deleted part of the original post for the purposes of my blog, because I very strongly feel the need to point out how dumb this statement is.
If you’re so freaking “pro-marriage,” stop trying to keep people from getting married.
You’re not really “pro-marriage,” you’re pro-marriage only for people who are like you, and that is some bullshit I can’t even deal with.
The other part of this quote that I chose to remove said: “the whole point is simply that you don’t rewrite the nature of God’s design for marriage based on the demands of a group of adults.” I don’t have time right now to really get into my feelings about God and religion as social constructs put in place to make humans feel a little better about the world and to keep us from going all Lord of the Flies, but the whole point is that religion, wielded in this manner, is nothing more than a power play designed to keep a certain sector of the population in line. Marriage wasn’t about one man, one woman; it was about property rights and inheritance and, at the time organized religion really became a factor, it was usually one man and multiple women because marriage was a business contract and husbands weren’t expected to remain faithful.
This amendment wasn’t even only about marriage. If your religion doesn’t support gay marriage, fine, but this law isn’t just about marriage - it also affects civil unions and domestic partnerships and all the rights that go along with them.
Legislation to remove those rights is completely unacceptable, and the fact that an amendment this out of line was actually voted on and passed is appalling. I’m absolutely furious at my fellow Americans and even more discouraged about the state of our nation right now.