Some See the Glass Half Empty, Others See the Glass Half Full

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2013/0924/Gay-marriage-tourism-How-big-an-economic-boom-for-states

“Marry Me In Minneapolis”. This is the ad campaign Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak has recently started using.

As of last summer, Minnesota passed a same-sex marriage law permitting gay marriage.

While Illinois lawmakers have failed to pass a same-sex marriage law, Mayor Rybak is taking advantage of the opportunity. While Illinois has yet to jump on board, Minneapolis is making money off of the opportunity. In a sense, Minnesota is being opportunistic and taking a not so ideal situation and making it a beneficial one.

Thoughts?

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New New Jersey

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/nj-judge-state-gays-marry-20399754

You heard it here, folks!

There is a new ruling in New Jersey by Judge Mary Jacobson on Friday. Gay marriage must be allowed. It will be in effect as soon as October 21, 2013.

The argument posed was “the state government is violating New Jersey’s constitution by denying federal benefits to the couples by not letting them marry”.

This is a fair point to argue.

This all comes down to the equality issue, which is a fine line to walk.

This ruling by Judge Jacobson puts Republican Governor Chris Christie. He is seeking re-election as governor, and he may possibly be in the running for the presidential election in 2016. What will he do with the current situation? New Jersey has an abundance of gay supporters. To win the presidential election, he would need to heavily rely on supporters of the Republican party.

Now there are officially thirteen states that recognize gay marriage.

This is another steps towards progress.

What are your reactions to New Jersey now allowing gay marriage?

Where Politics And Entertainment Meet…

Ugh. Yet another artist being scrutinized for their political beliefs, interfering with tours and appearances.

This is out of hand.

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music-arts/elton-john-russian-concert-requested-cancellation-parents-committee-due-singer-support-gay-rights-article-1.1467241

Elton John, one of the best, is now a new target for the Russian anti-gay law.

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“Elton John is scheduled to perform in Russia but a parents’ committee has requested the show be canceled over concern the singer will violate their ban on ‘homosexual propaganda’…‘The singer intends to come out in support of local sodomites and break the current Russian law, directed at protecting children,’ says the committee.”

This is the argument the parents’ committee pose, but it is flawed.

It’s true that he would be breaking the Russian law if he spoke in favor of “homosexual” people. However, this law is just a big mistake.

There are already so many issues and conflicts this law is causing. Law, in essence, is to protect the general public. A law in opposition to gay people, is in fact, denying and rejecting specific people.

“Critics say the law banning gay “propaganda” among minors – which has prompted calls for a boycott of Russia’s hosting of the 2014 Winter Olympics – is discriminatory, barring people from being open about their sexual orientation.”

I completely agree with these statements. This law degrades its own people. No law should do this!

Yet another musician is under the critical magnifying glass of Russian anti-gay people. Thoughts of boycotting the 2014 Winter Olympics are definitely forming.

This law is more trouble than it’s worth.

Thoughts?

You Know There’s Something Wrong When…

Here’s the article:

http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/gay-rights-protester-disrupts-met-opera-gala-20354055

You know there’s something wrong when we can’t have a night of opera without protestors.

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Seriously though, what has this world come to?

Basically, the Metropolitan Opera Gala night was Russian themed (first mistake). 

Protestors have the right to protest against the Metropolitan Opera, located in New York mind you, if they feel it. 

I don’t think it was smart for their Gala night to be Russian themed. Especially due to, as it said in the novel, “‘They were protesting a new Russian law that bans ‘propaganda on nontraditional sexual relationships.'”

The Southern part of New York, where Manhattan and all big businesses reside, is an overwhelmingly Democratic, liberally-leaning area. The theme for there Gala was altogether shocking. 

I am not against the protestors, but I am disappointed that in America we have something to protest against, even at an opera event. 

The moral of the story is this: don’t base your Gala night at the Metropolitan Opera on anything Russian when there is a “war on Russian gays” currently being posed.

Political Cartoon Tuesday

Hello friends!

What a beautiful Tuesday this is. You know what would make your Tuesday even better? This cartoon. I mean, who doesn’t like cartoons? Here it is…

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This may come across as offensive, I’m sure. I’m sad to say that marriages do happen like this. I’m not saying all of them occur in this manner, but nonetheless, this does happen.

Take “What Happens In Vegas” for example.

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This movie, released in 2008, is about two people that get married in a drunken haze while in Vegas. They stay together at first because of the million dollars they win at the lottery. Although this storyline is from a movie, it happens all the time. People get married and stay married for all the wrong reasons these days.

According to americanthinker.com, the divorce rates in America as of 2013 are above 50%, I don’t see why gay people shouldn’t allowed to be married. SHouldn’t same sex couples be allowed to either be just as miserable or just as divorced as everyone else? Someone needs to save marriages, maybe it’s gay people.

Gay people aren’t ruining the sanctity of marriage, it’s people like those pictured in the cartoon above. People marrying for the wrong reasons ruin the union of marriage.

What Does the Pope Say About Gay People?

http://www.theguardian.com/world/gay-rights

I must say, I’m a really big fan of this guy. Or in the words of Christofer Drew Ingle, an artist, he would say I’m:

Anyway, Pope Francis gave a statement in an interview between himself and an Italian journal. Basically, what the Pope thinks is that no one, not even him, has the right to tell a gay person he or she cannot seek after a relationship with God. The Church should be more than happy that another person on this earth is searching and yearning for God’s love, regardless of their sexual orientation. 

IN the words of the Pope “A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality. I replied with another question: ‘Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?’ We must always consider the person … In life, God accompanies persons, and we must accompany them, starting from their situation.”

God loves all of his children. Jesus loves all of his people. Does no one remember Jesus hanging out with the lowest of the low in societal terms: the lepers, the tax-collectors, the prostitutes? I sure do remember reading it in my BIBLE. 

When I read personal declarations like this from people like the Pope, it just makes my heart soar. These are the kind of ideals that should be accepted in the masses. 

But until that day comes, I will keep posting in this blog, spreading awareness and love to be freely taken and shared with others.

Russia Denied More Music Because of Pro-Gay Stance?

http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1714358/selena-gomez-denied-russia-visa.jhtml

First it was Madonna and Lady GaGa, and now it is pop star Selena Gomez that was denied a Visa into Russia to perform two concerts on her “Stars Dance” Tour. 

If I was in Russia, I would personally be aggravated if any of these pop stars were to be denied access to Russia and be forced to cancel their shows.

“Before Gomez’s camp confirmed the show cancellations, author and gay-rights activist John Becker started a petition on Change.org, urging the singer to speak out for gay rights in Russia. “I am writing today to ask Selena Gomez to stand on stage and speak out for Russia’s LGBT community during her upcoming trip to Moscow and St. Petersburg.” At press time, more than 12,000 had signed the petition.” 

As far as I am concerned, Gomez did not start/sign this petition, confirming her stance on gay rights at this time. I believe she previously did voice her support for gay rights. Nonetheless, her beliefs or assumed beliefs got her shows cancelled in Mother Russia. 

Once anti-gay laws start cracking down to where celebrities and musicians are denied access to a country for believing in gay rights, you know there is something wrong. 

This is what Lady GaGa said in response to being denied: “Sending bravery to LGBTs in Russia. The rise in government abuse is archaic,” she wrote in a Facebook post. “Hosing teenagers with pepper spray? Beatings? Mother Russia? The Russian government is criminal. Oppression will be met with revolution. Russian LGBTs you are not alone. We will fight for your freedom. Why didn’t you arrest me when you had the chance, Russia? Because you didn’t want to answer to the world?”

Honestly, Russia has too many other pressing issues going on *cough cough Syria* that I wouldn’t be concerned with gay rights and gay people.

If dudes want to love dudes, let them do that. Doesn’t this world need more love?

The more the merrier I say!

Sorry Selena, maybe next time.  

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“We’re Gonna Treat Some Citizens In Our Country Differently Than Other Citizens”

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Feast your eyes and ears on this. Open your heart to this young man as he makes his argument.

My friend Hank here on YouTube has a few fair points. These are some invalid arguments about gay marriage that should be rebuked.

#1: Why can’t gay people just be committed withoutmarriage?

Hello, if some people can get married, than all people should get married.

#2: God.

It’s true that not everyone has a religion. This is not a freedom of religion expression.

#3: The Bible

I read the Bible. I believe in the Bible; however, the Bible is NOT a legal document. Has anyone forgotten about the Separation of Church and State?

#4: Gay Marriage Would Undermine the Institution of Marriage

Do you know how many heterosexual married couples get divorced? Too many. My argument is that they are ruining the sanctity of marriage, not gay people.

#5: It’s Unnatural

What? If you think it’s unnatural, then don’t marry someone that’s of your same gender. No one’s forcing you to marry a man if you are a man or forcing you to marry a woman if you are a woman.

Just remember, if you continue to not allow gay marriage, they will marry your girlfriends. 🙂

Gay Blood Is the Same Blood

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_GAYS_BLOOD_DONATION?SITE=MOSTP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

It’s true that AIDS is a problem, but it’s not the “gay man’s disease”. In fact, AIDS can be passed to homosexual and heterosexual populations. This misconception should not contribute or stop the gay population from donating blood. The ban enacted in 1983 by the FDA currently bans all blood donations by gay and bisexual people. I believe that it is seen as a civic duty to donate blood. By keeping this 30 year old ban enact, it frustrates not only gay rights activists but also people in the health community. 

“In June, the American Medical Association voted to oppose the policy. AMA board member William Kobler called it “discriminatory and not based on sound science.” Last month, more than 80 members of Congress wrote to the Department of Health and Human Services, criticizing the lifetime ban as an outdated measure that perpetuates inaccurate stereotypes about gay men.”

I believe there is a need for further scientific evidence that can challenge this ban. I don’t believe in sabotaging the safety of blood donations, I’m saying we should make sure that opportunities to donate blood are available to all kinds of people, even “heaven forbid” the gay and bisexual kind.

Gay blood is just as good as straight blood.

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http://www.advocate.com/commentary/2013/09/16/op-ed-its-time-rethink-religion

Read this article posted on advocate.com today. It’s moving. It’s inspirational. It brings hope. If you’re religious, read this article. If you are not religious, read this article.

It is about a young gay man as a reformed Jew that has dealt with hatred, cruel jokes, and the worse for his sexual orientation.

“However, when I heard the cantor laugh at a gay character on TV, I was devastated. By the time of my bar mitzvah, I realized that all was not well in my world. The all-boys Jewish high school I attended made its stance on homosexuality clear — it was wrong. Words like “abhorrent,” “disgusting,” and “repugnant” were used to describe homosexuality by the same rabbis I had looked up to. During a gap year between high school and university, I attended an Orthodox yeshiva (where students study sacred texts) in the heart of Jerusalem. I heard shocking remarks and jokes about homosexuality, often from the same teachers who preached tolerance and love of humanity. On the other hand, flirtatious homosexual behavior and activity were commonplace at the school.”

These are only some of the scarring events that Mark Goldman was faced with. Although he has been through trying times, he has found solace in his religion.

“All too often, LGBT people have similar negative childhood experiences within their own faith. “Religion” is almost a dirty word, perhaps defining one as a self-hater or, just as bad, a mindless philistine who believes in ridiculously implausible fairy tales.”

Thankfully Goldman has found a new way to look at his religion. Not only is he a believer in Judaism, but he is the president of the American Conference of Cantors, holding a position of power in the name of his faith.

If there is one misconception wrong, it is that gay people cannot be religious, believe in God, or attend church.

Separate Church and Hate!