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October 16, 2009

LA Judge Denies Marriage License to Interracial Couple

A Louisiana Justice of the Peace refused to grant an interracial couple a marriage license yesterday on the grounds that their children might suffer from lack of acceptance. Justice of the Peace Keith Bardwell told the Daily Star of Hammond that during his 34 years as a Justice of the Peace, he has always refused to grant marriage licenses to interracial couples, but has never experienced opposition before.

"I'm not a racist. I just don't believe in mixing the races that way," Bardwell told the Associated Press."There is a problem with both groups accepting a child from such a marriage...I think those children suffer and I won't help put them through it."

Beth Humphrey and Terrence McKay, the couple, say they will be consulting the US Justice Department about filing a discrimination complaint. Louisiana American Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Marjorie R. Esman told the Hammond Daily Star that Bardwell's decision was illegal, and has been so for since the Loving vs. Virginia case in 1963. "The government cannot discriminate based upon race, which is what is happening here," she said. "The choice of a spouse is deeply personal, and the government simply cannot prevent you from marrying the person you love, based upon skin color."

Media Resources: Daily Star of Hammond 10/15/09; Associated Press 10/16/09

rosered32: (Love him!)
On June 12, 2007, Mildred Loving issued a rare public statement prepared for delivery on the 40th anniversary of the Loving v. Virginia decision of the US Supreme Court, which commented on same-sex marriage. [2] The concluding paragraphs of her statement read as follows:

“ Surrounded as I am now by wonderful children and grandchildren, not a day goes by that I don't think of Richard and our love, our right to marry, and how much it meant to me to have that freedom to marry the person precious to me, even if others thought he was the "wrong kind of person" for me to marry. I believe all Americans, no matter their race, no matter their sex, no matter their sexual orientation, should have that same freedom to marry. Government has no business imposing some people's religious beliefs over others. Especially if it denies people's civil rights.
I am still not a political person, but I am proud that Richard's and my name is on a court case that can help reinforce the love, the commitment, the fairness, and the family that so many people, black or white, young or old, gay or straight seek in life. I support the freedom to marry for all. That's what Loving, and loving, are all about."

I think this one of the most beautiful things any one can say about love and why aren't more people seeing it this way?

Well that is my opinion any way.
rosered32: (Believe in your idea)
Here is a link to an article that feels Same Sex marriage leads to more children born out of wedlock and opens the door to polygamy and perhaps “consensual” incest.

So is this really how people feel? Do they honestly believe that if we all went back to every one in the closet, no one getting access to birth control and only the Judeo-Christian value system, things would be better?

I agree morals have changed. But to hide verses see the reality just seems unrealistic. I mean I read of same sex couples wedding after 21+ years of being together. How is that bad?

PLEASE some one who is not for this issue, give me your honest view. I may not agree with you, but I want to know. And if you don't feel this way, don't try to explain it to me. I want some one who is against this to speak from their heart. I can guess why people are against this issue. I have read a bunch, but truly I want to hear from a person who is against this so I can hear them, not the propaganda of their party(unless they are spouting it.)

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Hundreds of Same Sex Couples Share Vows Across California

Updated: June 17, 2008 02:37 PM PDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Serenaded by a gay men's chorus, showered
with rose petals and toasted with champagne, hundreds of tearful
same-sex couples got married across the state Tuesday in what some
are calling California's new Summer of Love.

Wearing everything from T-shirts to tuxedos and lavish gowns,
they rushed down to county clerks' offices to obtain marriage
licenses and exchange vows on the first full day that gay marriage
became legal in California by order of the state's highest court.
They were joined by jubilant crowds that came to witness the event.

George Takei, who played Sulu on the original "Star Trek,"
beamed as he and his partner of 21 years, Brad Altman, obtained one
of the new gender-neutral marriage licenses - with the words
"Party A" and "Party B" instead of "bride" and "groom" - at
the West Hollywood City Hall. They are planning a September

"I see before me people who personify love and commitment," a
grinning Takei told the crowd. He flashed the Vulcan hand salute
from "Star Trek" and, in a twist on the Vulcan greeting from the
TV series, said: "May equality live long and prosper."
More details on this Wonderful Story! )
rosered32: (In Love)
Before we went on this trip, I had a ton of friends breaking up and relationship not going as all thought they might and well I asked Drew if he was in a good space and if we were still on track or what. He said things were fine and he was happy and we were on the same page and so on. Even said he had a plan. I stopped him before he could say what it was.(I was being a bit insane as I was just scared...)

Any who, we went to the Reader's Studio, which was AWESOME, then headed to East Brunswick to see the Fam.

The first night Lori, step mom, said we had our own language and we were so cute. "I liked him two years ago and I like him still," she stated. We communicate really well and are cute in our own fashion as all well matched couples I have seen should be(L&B,M&M, etc). She kept commenting on this for the next few days. My father kept saying "Shawn is a good guy. I like him." I kept saying"I will have to call and tell him you said so. But If you are talking about the guy on this trip with me, his name is Drew!" Ever time he did that I kept making the comments about getting in touch with Shawn. My dad said"You know I mean him," and pointed to Drew. I do understand I mean I did date the other guy for a long time, but still! Lori never called him the wrong name and neither did any one else!(May be Dad was doing it to make sure he was really Drew.. who knows! Silly Man!)

On Thursday, while my Dad, Drew and I went to New Hope, PA, Drew asked my Dad for his permission to marry me. I was told later it was while I was rocking out in the backseat to my iPod. I did see my Dad pat his shoulder, but as he kept calling him Shawn during most of the trip up to this day, who knew what was going on. At dinner that evening, my Dad announced that today Drew asked his permission to marry me and he is excited that we will marry. I turn red and Drew says," I asked your permission. I haven't asked her yet." So I was a bit confused by it all.

The next day we were going to head to the city, but Drew wasn't feeling well so we stayed home and watched movies and had dinner of the left overs we had made earlier in the week as everyone else had plans that evening.

Saturday we headed to Red Bank, home of Kevin Smith and Jay and Slient Bob's Secret Stash(

We went in and went on the hunt for free comic books and our current faves as we were ready for Fables and Dark Ivory. Got some Kevin Smith stuff as well and Jeff Anderson's movie, Now You Know, as well as the Daredevil collected that Kevin wrote.(Such Kevin fans!)

After the desk guy told us we were his favorite customers that day and gave us a flyer to the location of the Quick Stop and RTS Video, we headed out to find my dad. Out in front of the store, Drew took me in his arms and said "Sally Rose, will you be my Rose forever and marry me?" I was a little stunned. I got over it and said, "Yes, of course!" and kissing ensued! He gave me a hematite ring as a "placeholder" he said. "I want you to get what you really want and I wanted you to go with me."(And really you can't beat the 2 for $10.00 we paid for the 2 hematite rings we are wearing currently!)

We found my Dad and headed to the car and finally told him on the drive to meet up with Lori. We didn't tell her until later that evening at dinner when he got up and announced " Two years ago you all welcomed me to visit with you as a family. Again I came and you welcomed me again into your family. Today I asked Sally to marry me and she said yes. I hope you will let me join your family as she is going to join mine." Every one cheered and hugged us. We went home and had a champagne toast there. Then it was packing and Enchanted!

Kind of a great way to end the trip back East and come home to planning our future as well as getting rings and such. And just so you all know, if you had a part in our handfasting, be prepared to be asked to do that again, please! More to come as we get stuff settled.
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Since a bunch of friends did it and I thouhgt... Hmmm I don't tell everyone often enough how much I appreciate them, I will today. Since it is after the lovey dovey holiday, here is your bit o' mushy if you want it.

Today's the day you get the truthiness for free. And only the good, amazing, soul touching stuff.
...if you want to know some of the good things I think about you, reply here and I will tell you. They will all be honest and sincere, if I do not know you well, they will be short. And if I know you well, my answers are probably legion. If I've answered you before, I will give you something new. There's always something new.
rosered32: (Love him!)

Happy Birthday My Love!
 You are amazing and I hope your enjoy your Special day!

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Dear Rose,
Here is your horoscope
for Saturday, March 24:

It's time to restrategize, especially if some plans end up being out-of-date or just plain unworkable in the light of recent developments. Daring actions are favored -- don't settle for what seems safe.

So I guess I can say that thinks are looking up. And it has been a supremely glorious day!

A Beautiful Wedding, lovely friends, great family, and dinner with a wonderful woman(JOY!)! It was a glorious wedding of two of the best people I know. And the Reverend was a riot! And the drive at 5 am was not bad what with seeing the sun rise and just being about to help even a little was refreshing and rejuvenating. And seeing so many people come together in a secluded place to witness the joining of this couple was awe-inspiring.
Then coming home to dine with a lovely woman who is just a joy to hang out with really is a great ending to my day.
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It was great to realize that this year was my 7th year at PantheaCon and it brought my con going to a full circle....


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