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Possible book excerpt, relevant to MLK day [Jan. 17th, 2005|12:42 pm]
John
No, folks, it's not about sex. It's about love. It's about that kind of love that leads to sex, but it's love that is the focus, love that is the prime mover.

And that should tell you everything you need to know about my opinion about gay folks, gay sex, and gay marriage, and the way a liberal should view the idea.[ed: since I've been boring the socks off of people about 'love' the entire flipping book!]

Gay folks fall in love, just like straight folks. Eventually, they find partners who they love as much as a husband and wife love each other. Society should recognize that, and recognize that there are no longer "two people who live together and want to have sex from time to time", but that they are now a family.

And, for the record, I’m disgusted that the Democrats folded over this. They were afraid. They lost their faith, and so maybe it’s no wonder that they get clobbered when Christianity comes up.

Folks, I have faith. I have faith in the human spirit, and in human decency, and I have faith that love is stronger than the quiet hatred peddled by those who oppose simple justice for gay folks.

I have faith... America has been duped. They’ve been told it's all about sex, it's all about perversion, it's all disgusting and horrible.

I have faith. America is going to hear that it's about love. They’re going to hear it, and they're going to resist it for a while, but then, a few folks will force themselves to look, just to prove me wrong.

And then it'll happen, almost against their will. They'll see it. They'll see love. They'll see that twinkle in the eye, that smile, that not-quite-a-blush, they'll see it all. All those little signs that say 'love', maybe they've done them, maybe they've caused them, but they'll recognize them.

They'll see it's about love, and that's when the power will rise. That's when they'll turn to the people who are still screaming about hate, and the screaming will cut off, as the hate-mongers recognize that the rules just changed.

That's when some guy will walk over to a gay man who's in a loving, committed relationship, and say "I'm sorry. I was wrong. You deserve to be able to get married, or to do something that means the same thing." And the gay man will reach out, clap the guy on the shoulder, and say thanks.

And then the guy might stand there stunned, realizing he was just touched by "one of them", hell, I don't expect society to change overnight. I expect it'll be a long time before people really understand homosexuality, and stop freaking out over it.
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2005-01-17 01:34 pm (UTC)
You deserve to be able to get married, or to do something that means the same thing.

If I read it correctly, ELCA (the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) is stumbling toward that position while reserving the term "marriage" for the institution we've traditionally understood it to be -- till death do us part, one man one woman. In their new statement on sexuality, which has been some years in the making and which boils down to the anguished admission that there are still wrenching divisions among the church on this, they offer the "blessing of unions" as new language for same sex unions. See http://www.elca.org for additional information (it's overburdened right now but I think that's the right URL).

Myself, I've thought for a long time that government should get out of the marrying business and simply acknowledge civil unions of whatever stripe as long as their aim is to provide a stable and supportive household for the partners and/or for the raising of children. Let marriage be what it was before the government got into the marrying business -- a religious ceremony.
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[User Picture]From: johnpalmer
2005-01-17 01:48 pm (UTC)
Myself, I've thought for a long time that government should get out of the marrying business and simply acknowledge civil unions of whatever stripe as long as their aim is to provide a stable and supportive household for the partners and/or for the raising of children. Let marriage be what it was before the government got into the marrying business -- a religious ceremony.

Yes, that's more or less my position. In fact, it's the position that I'd have assumed the Roman Catholic Church held; I was brought up taught that "render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's" meant that sacred and secular authority were intended to be separated. As long as the government made civil unions purely secular, I'd have assumed (incorrectly) that this would be okay with Rome.

Ah well... once the book is done, and roundly rejected, I'll be able to say I did my best, and keep looking for another opportunity to spread the word :-).
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[User Picture]From: teddywolf
2005-01-18 07:58 am (UTC)
Sounds right. I wish it would happen soon, but doubt I'll be alive to see the trend fully in place barring several major medical advances and a barrel of cash to buy 'em.
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[User Picture]From: johnpalmer
2005-01-21 10:23 am (UTC)
I have hopes, but, yeah... they are just hopes. We'll see, though...
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