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Chrissie, there are other places to have fancy weddings besides churches....hotels, parks, any public space you can rent for a day....or two.Are there non-denominational chapels that ONLY do weddings in the UK?
I guess a church would be less expensive since in the UK, your taxes openly support the Anglican church. MY taxes invisibly subsidize every effing church in California, because they pay NO taxes on their property, or even for their office supplies and/or toilet paper. (I tried using pages from the buybull for TP once....not very absorbent.)
It just makes me shudder to think of non-believers having to go through the motions just for the sake of a little pizzazz on their wedding day....
Idaho will be required to pay $400,000 to the legal team they hired in hopes of continued antigay discrimination. The state's tax dollars at work.
Surely there is a school somewhere that could have used that money.
Chrissie, thank you for your commentary! I hope you are doing well and having a great winter!
As a Brit. we are not much into the religious thing but you will find that many of us do want what churches still exist to remain. Lets face it a Register Office wedding is not very festive or up market. We get married there and we Christen our kids there, you have to do that because its a bloody good start to a damn good piss up to wet the baby's head. On the surface of it they say that 60% of us are Atheist or Agnostic but in truth if we were honest it is more like 90%. The older members of the Tory Party do not want to admit anything because the Queen is the head of The Church of England and they think it would show her disrespect to admit that they think it's a load of crap. The Christian Religion is loosing all over most of Europe but what is on the rise because of such lax immigration protection and millions of those people who get out of the Middle East to escape to Europe and UK to keep their own countrymen from murdering them but they drag those same beliefs in with them and refuse to accept the lifestyle of the Nation that gave them refuge. So here it is, Brits want something that recognizes that they are joined, it has many advantages. Most of it is Taxation and of course money talks.
As for the Mormons, If they believe all that about the founding of their church and trust their well being to the pair of knickers that they have on I can see that same sex attraction is not gay, its surely Brotherly Love. You have to admit they make lovely music.
Well, that's my tuppence worth.
Here is a digest of articles I have been mulling over.
gaystarnews.com. UK straight couple wants civil partnership. I don't see why not. Or better yet - have all of society with civil partnership as the only legal option, and if people want something they have to label marriage, let them get that through their church, synagogue, mosque, temple, or guru.
"My Husband's Not Gay" - TLC continues it's tradition of sleazy reality shows, which includes the virulently homphobic Duggar's. Duck Dynasty is on A&E based on my google search. The idea here is these guys are attracted to men, but choose not to be gay because Jesus doesn't like it. And I guess their wives are fine with that.
Then there's guys kissing guys for the first time - straight and grossed out about it, sort of, but for some reason they are doing it for the video. In the Army, 40 years ago, they used to say you can have sex with a soldier, but not kiss him. It was more crudely stated than that. This video gives me mixed feelings of revulsion, exploitation, not liking the guys involved, and yet it's touching when one got his feelings hurt. Sort of.
That was Ann Richards who made the "silver foot" remark... in her Keynote Address at the Democratic National Convention. I remember it clearly...."Pooooore George, he was born with a ....etc"
Although Molly Ivins may have suggested it. She and Ann Richards were very close friends.
Molly Ivins was high on my hero list. She deserves an immortal spot for declaring George W. was born with a silver foot in his mouth.
Daniel, there ARE some sane people in Texas (Steph is one), but so far they are a minority, and are usually not in positions of power.
I can't express how much I miss Molly Ivins and former Gov. Ann Richards.....
That last paragraph should be in quotes - the words from the article, not mine.
Felaine, that is an excellent speech. He said it better than I ever could!
Some topics I have been mulling over on my reader - not a digest, but things I have been reading.
Church forced to close after forcing gay choir director to quit. It doesn't look 100% clear cut. I have seen that kind of discrimination and harassment myself - piling on the work, other mistreatment, but no one actually says "this is because you are gay". The congregation seemed to think that was the reason, 80% left the church - acting like christians should? - and now the church will close.
Justice Clarence Thomas - of all people - declined to continue the stay preventing gay marriage in Florida. FL atty general - who has been divorced twice and is on her 3rd marriage, has been strongly defending traditional marriage with her court activities, if not in her personal life. The article suggests that is a favorable sign the Supreme Court would rule favorably as a whole.
In Egypt,a reporter turned informant to police, leading to arrests of unlear # of men, more than 20 to more than 30, for sexual conduct - which may or may not have involved money. More than 150 LGBT arrests in Egypt in the past 18 months.
The refusal from the Supreme Court to stay same-sex marriages in Florida is noteworthy because although justices have denied similar requests to halt same-sex marriages in Alaska, Idaho, South Carolina and Kansas, they’ve never done so before in a state where a federal appeals court has yet to rule on the issue. The decision with regard to Florida could be a sign the Supreme Court is ready to rule in favor of nationwide marriage equality no matter what the federal appeals courts decide in the interim.
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