Monday, December 18
by Sue on Mon 18 Dec 2006 10:07 PM EST
New Jersey's legislature has passed legislation legalizaing civil unions which should be signed by the Governor in the near future.
Hurrah for a step forward. But LGBTQ couples should take heed of just how complicated this little step can be .. a few twirls, hops to the right, touch your nose and hope for the best sort of step forward.
Read here to learn how the best civil union legislation in the world cannot confer the full rights of marriage ...
A good step forward nonetheless.
Wednesday, December 13
by Sue on Wed 13 Dec 2006 09:17 PM EST
Thank you for Clarke Thomas' wonderfully positive and informative column "Glory to God and All God's Children" (Dec. 6). It is long overdue.
For the record, my church, Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church on the North Side, is openly and assertively GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender) friendly. Until now, though, we have not been very public with our views. This is about to change.
This year, our 100th, we are completing our denomination's official GLBT welcoming process and will soon be certified as a Unitarian Universalist Association Welcoming Congregation.
Sunday, December 10
by Sue on Sun 10 Dec 2006 08:52 AM EST
Demonstrating once again that hate and intolerance have no room for compromise, a Floridian Presybterian minister is trying to re-start the case against her by gathering names to join him in filing charges -- again (Post-Gazette).
Previous charges against the Reverend Janet Edwards, who conducted a marriage ceremony for a lesbian couple in June 2005, were dropped last month due to a procedural violation.
Yearsley had also considered filing charges against the Presbytery itself for "mishandling the matter." Does he imply they intentionally sidestepped the contextual issue? Imply perhaps while acknowledging there is no evidence. Imagine letting a little thing like evidentiary facts stand in the way of beating down the gay community!
Edwards has walked away from the process with a more subtle appreciation for the role of conflict resolution within the faith community:
Here's PghLesbian previous coverage on Janet's story.
Thursday, December 7
by Sue on Thu 07 Dec 2006 09:47 AM EST
Mary and Heather will be two mommies. According to the Washington Post, Mary is pregnant and expected to deliver in the spring. They live in very homo-unfriendly Virginia to be near to the Dark Lord which does not bode well for Heather's legal status with regard to the baby.
However, while the LGBTQ bloggers speculate madly on the potential fallout from this revelation, I feel compelled to mention that this is Dick Cheney's grandchild. If he wants Heather in the baby's life, a little thing like the law won't stop it from happening. It hasn't stopped him from far greater abuses of power so why all the fuss now? The man parented a lesbian, his wife wrote a lesbian novel and they still ain't flipped on the political issue. A baby won't change that. He doesn't need legal support because he has what really counts -- power and wealth.
On the bright side, the wingnuts are showing their true unChristian colors over this latest little lesbian tidbit.
I wonder who will preside at the baby's christening -- Jimmy Dobson? Franklin Graham? Fred Phelps?
h/t Pam's House Blend
Friday, December 1
by Sue on Fri 01 Dec 2006 06:58 PM EST
Oh that Diane Gramley and her whacky homobaiting ideas.
Today, as you may know, is World AIDS Day a day set aside to acknowledge the devastating impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The key is that progress in fighting the epidemic is possible through a united effort.
Ms. Gramley and her AFA morons think that the key to fighting the epidemic in the United States is to marginalize and criminalize homosexuality as well as pretty much any sexual activity outside of the man-woman marriage they hold so dear. So they've founded the AIDS Truth Coalition. <stop laughing!>
To save lives you see! For Jesus! They've even issued some "talking points" for Christian parents. Because preaching about the evils of homosexuality is the best way to cure AIDS. For Jesus!
Ohhhhhh, nice reference to gay-lingo! For actual facts on HIV/AIDS, click here.