Sunday, February 25, 2007

What Would Dick Say?

Is Jeff Jacoby is propping up Willard Romney's failling campaign for President by trying to resurrect the argument against equal marriage? For most of the article he writes about Washington State's clever group, Washington Defense of Marriage Alliance, who is advocating a law requiring marrying couples to have children within 3 years of marriage or risk having their marriage unrecognized. The backers believe it will drive social conservatives nuts and, well, Jacoby takes the bait.
But Gadow and his fellow activists are assaulting a straw man. No mainstream opponent of same-sex marriage claims that having children is the sole purpose of wedlock. Marriages can serve any number of purposes -- cementing the bond between partners, guaranteeing financial security, having a legitimate sexual outlet, ensuring companionship, and so on. People get married for various reasons; the desire to raise a family is only one of them.

Gee Jeff, that's not what Romney was just saying. That's not what the New York's Supreme Court thinks either. Go over to Mass Family Institute's Vote on Marriage FAQs and see how many of their links mainly talking about marriage because of the children.

Back to Jacoby, he brings up the tired argument:
Because sex between men and women can result in children, and because children tend to do best when raised by their mothers and fathers, society has a vested
interest in encouraging long-term, monogamous, heterosexual marriage. Not all
married couples reproduce. But every opposite-sex marriage has the ability to
give a father and a mother to any child the couple creates or adopts. That is
something no same-sex couple can provide, which is one reason homosexual
marriage has never been a social institution.

But he adds a new one: "society has a vested interest in encouraging long-term, monogamous, heterosexual marriage." Sounds like same sex marriage would solve one of the problems Brian and Amy have with the gay community since they claim that gay people aren't monogamous. Jeff, did you forget that gay people can adopt or create a child too?

The thing I find the most offensive thing about this article:
  • a man (who has a mom and a dad) started a war where over 3000 American troops have died,
  • the world is getting steadily warmer and the ice caps are melting
  • people are killing each other with guns everyday
  • hurricanes and natural disasters are displacing thousands of people all around the world

And yet Jacoby still writes about the reason to take away or prevent loving same sex couples from marrying.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Diversity is a hallmark of our nation

A federal judge dismissed the lawsuit that Mad Dad Parker filed against the practically everyone in the town of Lexington:
Chief Judge Mark L. Wolf of the US District Court said that under the Constitution, public schools are "entitled to teach anything that is reasonably related to the goals of preparing students to become engaged and productive citizens in our democracy. Diversity is a hallmark of our nation.''

My sympathies go out to the children who were caught up in all this mess and the Lexington same sex parents who had to witness this nasty and bigoted attack on their families in their own town.

Mass Marrier has done a wonderful analysis here.

Romney Recites Schoolyard Ditties

That's right, Mitt "Did you hear the one about Massachusetts" Romney was in South Carolina reciting ditties:
"First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage," the presidential hopeful told a crowd of about 175 people gathered at a private club.

Then trying once again to link marriage (the only issue he thinks he leads on) to education he said that:
student success is closely tied to married couples getting involved in their children's education.

Finally, he got something right. Married couples getting involved in their children's education is a good thing, that's why Massachusetts is one of the states that leads in education, has low divorce rates AND has EQUAL MARRIAGE.

I have a friend who used to teach in Massachusetts and moved to North Carolina for the warmer weather. She was shocked by how few families were involved in their child's education. It was a sharp contrast to Massachusetts where the families, gay and straight, are heavily involved in their child's education.

Mitt, maybe you should bring same sex marriages to the south like you did in Massachusetts to improve it's educational system and lower its divorce rate.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Say Anything!

Ex-Massachusetts Governor Willard Romney was on ABC's This Week. From his appearance this morning we learn from him that same sex couples marrying is worse than abortion.

In another effort to pander to the religious right (although I can't see how these issues help him with the stance he has) he believes that the issue of abortion, (which he would not define as murder) which he says is the "taking of a life", should be left up to the states. He says he doesn't want to impose his beliefs on the country.

Then in the next breath he says he believes in a federal amendment to ban equal marriage, screw states rights on this issue.

So Mitt, why won't you come out and explain why same sex couples marrying is so important it requires a federal constitutional amendment yet something you believe is the "taking of a life" is OK if a state allows it?

Oh yeah, gotta love that he joins the NRA in August right before he decides to enter the race for the Presidency.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

One's Out and Another's Down and Out

Tim Hardaway, an ex-NBA player, proclaimed this past week that he hates gay people and that he is a homophobic and the NBA acted quickly:
"You know, I hate gay people, so I let it be known. I don't like gay people and I don't like to be around gay people," he said. "I'm homophobic. I don't like it. It shouldn't be in the world or in the United States."

This was in response to a question about another ex-NBA player, John Amaechi, who came out. Of course the anti-gay forces threw Hardaway to wolves:

"Hardaway's comments are both unfortunate and inappropriate," said Matt Barber, CWA's Policy Director for Cultural Issues (which concerned woman is he exactly?). "They provide political fodder for those who wish to paint all opposition to the homosexual lifestyle as being rooted in 'hate.' It's important to note that Hardaway's words represent the feelings of Hardaway. His words do not represent the feelings of the vast majority of people opposed to the homosexual agenda. (has he ever read the Massresistance postings?)

It's always unfortunate for them when the true feelings of the anti-gays come out in the main stream Media. It's unfortunately when the curtain is pulled down to reveal the ugly truth of their "ministries".

The good thing to come out of all of this is that everyday people, who have been fooled by those that claim to love the sinner hate the sin, are finally seeing the truth. And as the Bible says, "And you shall know the truth, and the truth will set you free." It will set us all free.

Friday, February 16, 2007

I'm an Informed Conservative

That is according to Massresistance/Article 8. Brian and Amy put up a little "quiz", a 20 question multiple choice exam on Mitt Romney. I must admit that while the content is good (it's nothing that hasn't already been published in the Massachusetts' newspapers or on Blue Mass Group) the execution is poor. Just look at their scoring system:

19-20 Informed Conservative
14-18 National Review Subscriber
8-13 RINO
0-7 Pro-Romney blogger

I guess they're trying to squeeze out a few more minutes of fame (and failing big time at satire). After all its been over two (or is it three) weeks since they were supposed to put out their 2nd "big" report on Romney. (What else can they say that hasn't already been reported?)

If you're eagerly awaiting their next "Romney scoop" you'll just have to wait since they are too busy snaping pictures of students.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Homosexual Activists Unite!

Hi all, I haven't posted in a bit but I didn't want to go longer than a week without putting anything up. I haven't been posting because quite frankly Massresistance/Article 8 are just getting more and more irrelevant. Her latest rant is about why she doesn't allow comments and then says we don't believe in free speech or in a polite exchange of ideas (I still question how you can be polite to people who want to take any your civil rights)

Be that as it may, I do allow comments on this blog and I do offer you a place to refute the lies and propaganda that the hate mongers post. We do believe in free speech.

Go at it!

Saturday, February 3, 2007

Some People Refuse to Acknowledge the Obvious

Well, Ms. Massresistance is back at it again. She's complaining because the Boston Globe did an article on a peace vigil in New Bedford one year after a man, who walked in a bar, asked if it was a gay bar, started shooting at the patrons:
This is news, rating a huge color photo on page one of the Globe's second section: A candlelight vigil by a bunch of young people for the one-year anniversary of a crazy man's rampage in a New Bedford bar? All this hypercoverage just because it was a homosexual bar? What was the point of the vigil? Are we going to quell the incidence of insane outbursts by lighting candles?

As any normal person could tell, the vigil was held because of the violence inflicted on gay and lesbian people. Violence that is often incited by hate speech, but again, Massresistance/Article 8 believes that their hate speech wouldn't incite anyone so they're not to blame. How offensive!

Here is a reminder of what the head of the NGLTF said last year:
Statement by Matt Foreman, Executive Director National Gay and Lesbian Task Force"The hatred and loathing fueling this morning's vicious attack on gay men in New Bedford is not innate, it is learned. And who is teaching it? Leaders of the so-called Christian right, that's who. Individuals like James Dobson of Focus on the Family, the Family Research Council's Tony Perkins, the Rev. Pat Robertson and their ilk are obsessed with homosexuality. They use their vast resources, media networks and affiliated pulpits to blame lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people for all the ills of society. They disguise their hatred as 'deeply held religious beliefs.' We have witnessed seven years of vicious anti-LGBT organizing in Massachusetts — and endured the hate-filled rantings of Brian Camenker of the Article 8 Alliance and Parents Rights Coalition and Ed Pawlick of MassNews. The blood spilled this morning is on their hands."

I should note that MassNews is no longer even on the web. They were only posting every month or so and now the anti-gay website is just plain gone. One down, more to go.

Note to Ms. Massresistance, just so you know what a hate really is:
Hate crimes are the most extreme form of discrimination: a crime motivated, in whole or in part, by hatred, bias, or prejudice against an individual because of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability or gender. The victim’s individual identity - real or perceived - doesn’t matter to the offender; any person who appears to be a member of the group will serve his or her purpose. And that purpose is to send a very simple message: “You don’t belong. We will hurt those who are different.”

From the Mass Attorney General's document entitled "Hate Crimes in Massachusetts: A guide of victims and communities" June 2005.