Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Attack on Gay Rights, The Defenders & A Psychedelic Delight(?)

12/11/12
There is no change without desire. At some point while driving around yesterday I caught the very end of an interview on public radio with someone who was talking about cultural evolution being a choice that humans make. Then this morning I got caught up in a string of stories centered around this weeks expected Supreme Court decision on gay marriage.

In a country founded on the equality of all people we must ask why this is even a case. Because doesn't equality for all people mean just that, not just equality among those people we think are OK? Haven't we been fighting this concept since the time that only wealthy, white, male, landowners could vote? Isn't that what we call progress? It would seem not according to those who seek to prevent gays from marrying. They don't see the expansion of rights to all people and seek to have the right to take rights away from people. In a free society has the right, duty and obligation to punish those that violate the rights of others but does that give them the right to take away their vote after they've paid their debt to society.

 So here we are at this moment of decision and I thought I would share some of what I find people saying. First and most ominously Supreme Court judge Antonin Scalia sums up the position of those who will oppose the right of gay people to marry. It like the other posts cited here came from Huffington Post.

 Antonin Scalia Defends Legal Writings Some View As Offensive, Anti-Gay Speaking at Princeton University, 


"Scalia was asked by a gay student why he equates laws banning sodomy with those barring bestiality and murder. "I don't think it's necessary, but I think it's effective," Scalia said, adding that legislative bodies can ban what they believe to be immoral........"If we cannot have moral feelings against homosexuality, can we have it against murder? Can we have it against other things?" Scalia said he is not equating sodomy with murder but drawing a parallel between the bans on both.” 

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As with most of these issues it all comes down to which is greater the rights of us as individuals to do what we want as long as we aren't hurting someone else or the right of your neighbors to tell you how to live. It's interesting he makes a parallel between murder and homosexuality and says he's not equating the two behaviors. But isn't he just giving the state the right to equate the two behaviors by engaging in those behaviors. So anyway from their I moved on to a story about American pop stars getting in legal trouble in Russia for speaking out in support of gay rights.

My mistake this ones from the Guardian.

 Lady Gaga upsets Russian conservatives with gay support message


 “Vitaly Milonov, a conservative MP who authored a controversial law banning "homosexual propaganda" in Russia's cultural capital, said he would ask prosecutors to investigate Lady Gaga for breaking the law. "We will contact prosecutors and the law enforcement agencies to carry out a thorough investigation of the situation," Milonov told Life News, a Kremlin-friendly tabloid........Russia put Madonna on trial in absentia last month after a group of conservative and Russian Orthodox activists sued the pop star for $10.7m, claiming distress at her violation of the anti-homosexual propaganda law during a summer concert in St Petersburg. “

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So I had a pretty good fix on the anti position and it is consistent with a mind that finds corporations have the same rights as people but gay people don't have the same rights as everyone else. So anyway while I don't really need anyone to explain the pro gay marriage side I still came across a great story about a former “tough guy” pro hockey star who is now a strong advocate for gay rights and thought it stood as a great contrast to the rest of this nonsense.

Sean Avery, Former New York Ranger, On Being Gay Rights Advocate


 “"Maybe it’s because when I was such a bully when I had my uniform on, that when I took it off I felt the need to stand up against the bully," That's how Sean Avery describes his decision to speak out in defense of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in recent years.

 The former New York Rangers star, known for his agitating playing style as well as controversial behavior off the ice, discusses his LGBT advocacy stance at length in a Dec. 8 interview with the New York Daily News. 
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So for those of you that don't believe in things like progress, evolution and equal rights for all the constitution gives you the right to have your beliefs but doesn't make them right. Society has benefited tremendously by expanding equal rights to women and minorities. It also has benefited by the expansion to gay men and women that has taken place over the past forty years. We usually like to have a video clip and today I'm presenting a song that's stuck in my head. The Chambers Bros “The Time Has Come Today” and not just any version but the rare extended live version. It is a psychedelic freak out!!!!!!!



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