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gay marriage

Virginia Episcopalians Tackle Gay Marriage, Sort of

by: Teddy Goodson

Sun Feb 21, 2010 at 19:43:04 PM EST

In an article in The Washington Times on Sunday, 21 February 2010, Julia Duin described the gingerly approach of the Virginia Diocese of Virginia in dealing with gay marriage. The article, interestingly, was offered in The Times' blog ( under the misleading teaser of "Virginia Episcopalians narrowly vote not to recognize gay marriage." What they actually did at their annual council meeting at the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria was form a committee---- always a good fall-back tactic in trying circumstances when dealing with a hot potato, just like the study groups so popular with the Virginia Assembly.

The committee is to "set standards for church-sanctioned blessings of such unions once they are approved by the entire 2-million-member Episcopal Church." This was after a motion to allow openly gay clergy and same-sex blessings was defeated, and was what Duin called a response to the Episcopal General Convention last year which ordered the collection and development of "theological resources and liturgies" for same-sex "blessings." As it happens, 16 Episcopal dioceses already allow same-sex blessings. What was fascinating were the reader comments which followed the short article; pragmatic progressives need to keep an eye on what people are saying to each other. Yes, sometimes it confirms stereotypes, and sometimes it does not:

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Strange Bedfellows in Court

by: Elaine in Roanoke

Sat Dec 05, 2009 at 17:21:59 PM EST

( - promoted by KathyinBlacksburg)

This month's American Prospect has a fascinating article by Gabriel Arana describing a suit filed in federal court by two renowned lawyers, neither of whom is noted for civil rights legal work, to overturn the amendment to California's state constitution passed in November 2008, which eliminated gay marriage in the state - Proposition 8.

David Boies and Ted Olson are certainly not strangers to arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court.  In 2001 Olson, who later served as George W. Bush's  Solicitor General from 2001-2004, represented Bush in Bush v Gore, while Boies, known mainly for his work for Wall Street firms and for a string of antitrust cases, represented Al Gore.

Their suit challenging Proposition 8, Perry v Schwartzenegger, is scheduled to go to trial in January and then is expected to move on to the 9th Circuit Court and the U.S. Supreme Court. After they announced their intentions, nine organizations representing gay rights activists questioned their action, fearing that a loss before the Supreme Court would enshrine discrimination against LGBT people for a generation or more.

Olson dismissed that concern, saying, "Both David and I have studied the court for more years that probably either of us would like to admit. We think we know what we are doing."

Perry v Schwartzenegger alleges that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional because it violates the 14th Amendment, the equal-protection clause of the Constitution.  

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Gay Marriage - Eugene Robinson Calls Obama "MIA"

by: teacherken

Fri May 08, 2009 at 06:27:15 AM EDT

( - promoted by KathyinBlacksburg)

and he is not referring to a woman named Farrow.  The letters stand for "Missing in Action," which is how he describes the President in this Washington Post column.  Robinson offers one very key point, noting that Obama during the campaign favored repeal of the noxious Defense of Marriage Act.  In his penultimate paragraph he then writes
Does Obama's stance in favor of repeal mean that he believes the federal government should recognize same-sex marriages? Does he also believe that, say, the state of Alabama should recognize a gay marriage performed in Iowa? If so, what is the practical difference between this position and just saying in plain language that gay marriages ought to be legal and recognized in all 50 states?

It is there I want to start.

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NY Times Op Ed All Should Read: Iowa Family Values

by: teacherken

Thu Apr 09, 2009 at 07:22:33 AM EDT

originally posted at Daily Kos

Iowa Family Values begins like this:  

IF it weren't for Iowa, my family may never have existed, and this gay, biracial New Yorker might never have been born.
  The author, Steven Thraser, is a writer and media producer.  And he tells us about his parents 1958 marriage in Council Bluffs Iowa.  His Black Father and White Mother could not get married in Nebraska, where they lived -  that state would not abolish its antimiscegination laws for an additional 5 years (although even that was before the 1967 SCOTUS decision of Loving v Virginia which finally outlawed the racial bar).  The obstacles they faced at home?  
My mom's brother tried to have the Nebraska state police bar her from leaving the state so she couldn't marry my dad, which was only the latest legal indignity she had endured. She had been arrested on my parents' first date, accused of prostitution. (The conventional thought of the time being: Why else would a white woman be seen with a black man?)
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