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Brian Murphy
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So shiny...
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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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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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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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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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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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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Little fellow, big day.
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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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