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Another Setback

Washington upholds sam-sex marraige ban.

Just great.

The majority opinion said the state constitution and case law demanded such a decision, arguing that the definition of gay marriage should be left to the legislature or voters.

So that the legislature or voters can continue to discriminate against another group of supposedly equal citizens. Isn’t the court system supposed to protect people from being discriminated against?

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Go Gavin! Go Gavin! Go Gavin!

Gavin Newsome, my mayor whom I didn’t vote for at the time but have greatly come to appreciate since, talks to Rolling Stone about Democrats and Gay Marraige. Fabulous.

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Kansas WTF?

It’s official. The school board people in Kansas have gone Bat-Shit Insane.

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Vote Dammit!

The election results are in. While I now live in California and was pleasantly satisfied this morning as I read that all 8 propositions failed in this “special” election, the item on the ballot that I was the most interested in was occurring in my native state of Texas. Proposition 2, the state amendment to ban gay marriage passed. Overwhelmingly. Of course, I say overwhelmingly because it passed by 76% of the voters. However, I should point out that only 17% of the voters in the entire state deigned to vote. Apparently 83% of the voters in Texas would rather let their neighbor decide that discrimination was a good thing.

So you don’t like extra traffic in your city park? Vote
So you don’t like the number of firehouses that are open at one time in your city? Vote
So you don’t like your mayor? Vote
So you don’t like the Iraq war? Vote
So you don’t like the president? Vote
So you don’t like a very small number of people deciding how you are going to live your life in America? Vote dammit!

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Save NPR and PBS!

from Moveon.org:

You know that email petition that keeps circulating about how Congress is slashing funding for NPR and PBS? Well, now it’s actually true. (Really. Check at the bottom if you don’t believe me.)

Sign the petition telling Congress to save NPR and PBS:

http://www.moveon.org/publicbroadcasting/

A House panel has voted to eliminate all public funding for NPR and PBS, starting with “Sesame Street,” “Reading Rainbow,” and other commercial-free children’s shows. If approved, this would be the most severe cut in the history of public broadcasting, threatening to pull the plug on Big Bird, Cookie Monster, and Oscar the Grouch.

The cuts would slash 25% of the federal funding this year—$100 million—and end funding altogether within two years. The loss could kill beloved children’s shows like “Clifford the Big Red Dog,” “Arthur,” and “Postcards from Buster.” Rural stations and those serving low-income communities might not survive. Other stations would have to increase corporate sponsorships.

Already, 300,000 people have signed the petition. Can you help us reach 400,000 signatures today?

http://www.moveon.org/publicbroadcasting/

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Government Propaganda

DISH Network has just announced that under the guise of public interest programming it is adding to its broadcast lineup a 24/7 channel produced by the U.S. Department of Defense that previously was aimed only at U.S. military personnel.

Under U.S. law, the federal government is banned from producing propaganda aimed at influencing the American people. Despite this ban, the television channel which is one hundred percent controlled by the Pentagon, will beam highly produced daily news programs promoting the interests of the Pentagon and paid for by U.S. tax payers into millions of American homes.

Let us not forget that the Pentagon insistently and consistently lied to the American people about the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. As a result of this “successful” military public relations campaign, we are now bogged down in a ferociously expensive and increasingly deadly occupation that fans the flames of terrorism in the Middle East.

If you are so inclined, sign the petition to stop this.

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“Moral Values”

The information from the exit polls are coming in today. The #1 reason that seemed to galvanize people to the polls was “moral values”. I was raised catholic. For a while during Junior High and High School, I got sort of sideline involved in a fundamentalist christian church who ran the Youth Alive program in school. While I no longer consider myself catholic or a christian… Some moral values still resonate with me.

It is not moral to lie
It is not moral to kill
It is not moral to descriminate

So what “moral values” are 51% of this country expressing?

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Excuse Me. I Need A Drink.

As I write this, it looks like the GOP will retain control of both the House and Senate. Ohio still hasn’t reached its decision yet.. so there still is some hope left. However, even if that village idiot actually succeeds in winning this election that’s not what has me most awed and amazed.

What has me shocked is that 11 states overwhelmingly wrote descrimination into their constiutions. It’s a big red sign that says, “You’re not welcome here.”

So while I may do a bit more travelling in the future, this is a list of states of which some I have visited, some I have relatives in, but all I will not purposefully venture again:

Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Ohio, Utah and Oregon

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Unbelievable

Read this in the NYTimes today:
“Stepping up the battle over national security, Vice President Dick Cheney warned on Tuesday that the country would be at risk of a terror attack if it made “the wrong choice” in November…”

Now I’m not necessarily anti-republican. I have many friends and family who often vote they are republican. However, voting for the republican candidate this November is voting to keep an aura of fear of America. The remark by Vice President Cheney is simply disgusting. Is this the kind of man we want another moment in the second highest position in the U.S.?

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Today Is The Beginning

Lesbian couple wedded at SF City Hall / Women had been together for five decades. That’s right folks, you read that correctly. San Francisco is the first city in the U.S. to marry a gay couple! This is inspite of a state law saying that “marraige is between a man and a woman.”

Who knows how this will turn out as similar issues are resonating right now in states such as Mass. It hits a particular spot for me as of late. I just got hired at the company that I’ve been contracting at for the last year. Whenever I was filling out the forms on Monday, it became abundantly clear how discriminatory things were. Amdocs does not offer domestic partner benefits. This is the first job I have ever had that offers benefits to its employees beyond health insurance. Courtland and I have been together for 7 years. It was like being offered a tray of sweets and then the waiter saying, “Oh, your gay? I’m sorry, then you can’t have these. But don’t they look delicious? Tell ya what, get married to a girl and you can have them. Isn’t that generous of us?”

It made me realise that I don’t want to have “domestic partner” benefits. I don’t want to have a “civil union.” I want to Marry the man I love and have it recognized for all the world to see and enjoy all the privledges that come with marraige. As the Mass. judge said, calling it anything else than marriage is relegating people to second class status.

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