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Microsoft comes out in support of Civil Marriage Equality!
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Thing 1: "“Catholics for Marriage Equality MN” attempts to convince Catholics that they can be in good standing with the Church and oppose Church teaching about human sexuality and marriage, which centers on the complementarity of the sexes and the mutual self-gift of loving spouses in marital union." Read: You may not exercise your own moral conscience and free will without the threat of some consequence from the church.
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Science shows that Australia's Aboriginal people have the longest tenure on their land of any native people. This is the first time I can remember science impacting the issue of Aboriginal Land Rights.
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The Anti-Gay crowd always tell the public they're terrified of "harassment and intimidation" by gay folks and need to hide. Yet it doesn't stop them turning up in court, at rallies, or in the media to push their discriminatory agenda. Yesterday, their manufactured martyr complex was dealt two more blows. Judge Ware ruled the video of the Prop 8 trial will be released, and Maggie showed up to see "8" surrounded by hoards of those allegedly scary gays and lesbians. Thanks for the donation, Mags.
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If I was Maggie I'd be getting along to see how I was portrayed on stage as well. How could you not?

Hopefully her character in the show will now punctuate their performance with regular face-dives into a plastic bag of munchies. :)
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Scott Lively, strongly associated with no less than three designated anti-gay hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center, is worried that "Family values" witnesses in the Prop 8 trial will be "intimidated" if the trial video is released for public viewing. It's a pity he wasn't more appropriately concerned and prudent when he helped whip Uganda into an anti-gay frenzy resulting in the proposed "Kill the gays" bill that is still threatening sanctions from prison to the death penalty - all for the "crime" of being gay.
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Marriage Equality has been blamed so often for someone's god sending severe weather to punish man. I take some satisfaction that people are asking themselves what Pope Benedict was being punished for. My money would be on the institutionalized abuse and rape of children by religious orders and the church's ongoing attempts to cover-up their complicity.
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The Pontiff spoke in opposition to equal marriage and divorce:

"... to acknowledge the beauty and goodness of marriage is to realize that only a setting of fidelity and indissolubility, along with an openness to God's gift of live, is adequate to the grandeur and dignity of marital love."

It's funny how the greatest threat to marriage, civil divorce, slipped by the Catholic Church so completely. If marriage is so important to them, how is it that they haven't been fighting divorce laws tooth and nail for the last few decades? The truth is that regardless of the civil laws, priests have always had the ability to refuse to marry couples and they've done so with divorced Catholics for years.

Priests will continue refusing to marry couples based on the dictates of their faith and same-sex couples will find celebrants of other faiths, or no faith, just as divorced couples have for decades.
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Speaking these words in Australia's Parliament House is deeply insulting and profoundly disrespectful to the Australian people.

It's also hyperbolic nonsense, of course. Why are mendacious foreign nobodies needed in an Australian debate about Australian values like giving everyone "a fair go"?
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Freezing rain may make travel conditions treacherous, but it does make things sparkle! The dogwood tree by our front door still has Christmas lights on it which only enhances its icy coating.

A little late for #winterwednesday but I did take the photo on Wednesday night so maybe it still counts? Or possibly an early entrant for #fourseasonsfriday curated by +Karin Nelson
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First we have Republicans cheering Rick Perry's embrace of the death penalty, now we have them booing active duty soldiers in our military because they happen to be gay and have the temerity to ask about their civil rights under a Republican president. I'm appalled at the shameful and un-American behavior of the audience, but I'm incensed at the hypocrisy and craven pandering of Rick Santorum.
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Oh, the irony! Tony Perkins is worried about transparency and disclosure suddenly: "We have serious concerns that the Justice Department wants to hide evidence that it was doing the bidding of campaign donors and homosexual activists from whom Obama will need assistance for his reelection." Tony, you don't get to throw that stone while Anti-Gay organizations flout the law by failing to disclose their donors and fight disclosure at every turn.
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A growing US export, homophobia, is making news again in Australia's capital:

"Marriage equality advocates have condemned comments that same-sex marriage would allow unions between pedophiles and children made at a rally in Canberra.
They say organisers of the pro-marriage rally where conservative American commentator Rebecca Hagelin made the statement should distance themselves from her remarks."
The Australian reports Hagelin added that "...there is “no greater evil” than gay marriage supporters and that Christians are in a “war for the future of the human race”."
Well, there's nothing like demonizing and apocalyptic rhetoric to keep a debate civil, is there?
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