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Comment by Sentient Biped on April 23, 2013 at 4:58pm

France passed marriage equality.

bbc

cnn

from christian science monitor:  In France, there has been blood. Recently there were attacks in gay bars in Lille and Bordeaux. One man who was beaten up in Paris while walking with his partner posted a photo of himself on Facebook afterwards, battered and bruised, declaring it the “Face of Homophobia.”

I was surprised about the size and intensity of the homophobe backlash - egged on by priests?  I don't know.  hard to imagine it has been spontaneous.  

I guess, we can view imams as sources of terrorism, but not feel the same way about priests?

Regardless, I'm happy that the largest country so far has passed marriage equality.

Comment by A Former Member on April 18, 2013 at 7:19pm

Brittney Griner coming out is no big deal, and that's a big deal

On Wednesday, Brittney Griner, the No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft and one of the best female basketball players on the planet, came out of the closet, to the world at large anyway.

The world didn't end. The sun rose again. And Griner's career prospects are as bright as ever.

Now, imagine if the No. 1 pick in next week's NFL draft announced he was gay. Imagine if a Super Bowl champion announced he'd be taking his male partner to Disney World. Apocalypse, right?

Twenty years ago, absolutely. Today? Plenty of media coverage, with most of it likely favorable. Twenty years from now? It might receive a passing mention, or nothing at all. And if that comes to pass, if tolerance spreads across sports, it'll be people like Griner, who states her case for her identity with confidence and pride, who deserve credit.
"Don't worry about what other people are going to say, because they're always going to say something, but, if you're just true to yourself, let that shine through," Griner told Sports Illustrated. "Don't hide who you really are."

Now, universal tolerance in sports is wonderful in theory. In practice, certain sports – the WNBA, figure skating, women's golf – are far more open and accepting of gay relationships than, say, the NFL or the NBA. Even as Griner came out, talk continues to swirl about whether certain NFL players may be gay, or whether gay players will need to come out en masse as a means of protection against what's possibly to be vicious backlash, from a segment of fans if not from within the NFL itself. Two sports, same year, different eras. [continue]

Comment by A Former Member on April 17, 2013 at 8:50pm

That is a great speech. 

Comment by Jim Greenamyer on April 17, 2013 at 6:52pm

What a GREAT speech!!  I laughed at the "gay rainbow" across his electorate.  "BE NOT AFRAID"!!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 17, 2013 at 12:00pm

I saw that clip from New Zealand over at PZ Myers' blog Pharyngula this morning and was going to post it here, but you beat me to it, Daniel. 

GREAT speech! 

I like how he ridicules the religious arguments against equality.  No politician here would have the nads to do that......and that's a bitter shame.  

Comment by Sentient Biped on April 17, 2013 at 9:58am

Carl,

With so much bad news out of Africa, that story is uplifting and wonderful.  Courage and love.

Thanks on the avitar - a little update to lift the spirits so to speak.

Jim, welcoime!

 

Uplifting from New Zealand, a beautiful country, gardeners' paradise, and now the first country in Asia/Pacific region to pass marriage equality.   Nice speech below via joe.my.god:

 

On the down side, Australia's out-Atheist prime minister, living "in sin" herself, is still vehemently anti-equality. She's fought hard against LGBT equality. What's up with her, anyway? Even among atheists there are trolls and neanderthals.

Comment by Jim Greenamyer on April 17, 2013 at 4:51am

That's sweet.  Congrats to them!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 17, 2013 at 1:37am

Sentient, I like the new group avatar.   :)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 16, 2013 at 9:46pm

Here's an uplifting and inspirational story:

Two Men Marry in First Gay Traditional African Ceremony

Edge Publications

Two gay South African men recently got married in what is believed to be one of the first gay marriages under the Zulu and Tswana traditions.

The ceremony for Tshepo Cameron Modisane and Thoba Calvin Sithol, both 27, took place on April 7 in the town of KwaDukuza in KwaZulu-Natal, in front of 200 guests.

"We see no reason to hide in darkness as if there is something to be ashamed about. Our marriage is largely symbolic and a sign that black gay men can commit and build family through a happy and loving marriage," he said.

Comment by Sentient Biped on April 16, 2013 at 11:34am

I really wonder what the Supreme court will do.  I can't say I'm super hopeful.  Then again, that is a protective mechanism on my part, against disappointment.

 

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