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This just came up on my FB feed because an acquaintance “liked” it. My head just about exploded.
I suppose I’m not terribly surprised, since the image was posted by an account called “Catholic Church” (their info states: ‘This is not an official page approved by the Catholic Church. It is a lay initiative and has no approval from any Ecclesiastical Authority.”), and links to uCatholic (motto: “Catholic Traditions in the Modern World”.
I’m not even surprised that the acquaintance “liked” the image, since she’s a devout LDS, married with three kids.
I really don’t care about someone else’s religious belief, or sense of morality.
What has me raging, however, is the blatant misinformation…the generalization…and the projection of one group’s sense of morality onto others.
Not only is this a slap in the face to those who don’t want to get married or can’t get married , but it’s an incredibly dangerous assertion when you consider the truth about HIV and other STIs.
I’m sorry (not really), but a ring on your finger and a signed marriage license aren’t going to protect your health.
Fidelity won’t necessarily protect your health.
Sex is not the only way that HIV is transmitted…and the idea that marriage and/or fidelity equates “safe” sex is just one of many myths that has allowed for the rapid spread of HIV infection, particularly among couples in sub-Saharan Africa. In fact, about one out of every ten couples living in Kenya has at least one partner who is HIV+. Among married people who are living with HIV, 45% have a partner who is uninfected.
According to Population Action International:
“In a study of five African countries, two thirds of HIV-infected couples are serodiscordant (one partner is HIV-negative, while the other is HIV-positive).
In Rwanda and Zambia, it is estimated that over half of new infections occur within marriage or in cohabitating relationships, and just under half in Uganda.
While risk of transmission in discordant couples can be drastically reduced, this can only happen when partners are tested, disclose their results, and use condoms. “
There’s really nothing righteous about lying and promoting ignorance. This sort of bullshit “wishful thinking” is killing people. It’s beyond infuriating. It’s despicable.
Read the petition at the link above. We’ll know by early October if the Supreme Court chooses to hear the case.
This could get very interesting.
Bristol Palin, lecturing the world on the sacredness of marriage.
For fuck’s sake…
So, to paraphrase Tina Fey on SNL, should marriage be a sacred institution between two unwilling teenagers? Far be it for me to judge here, but if we’re looking for guidance on the “traditional family” and the role of fathers, I do believe the last stop on the advice train is Teen Mom prototype Bristol Palin.
Upon the occasion of President Obama’s gay marriage news-making today, the always reasonable Fox Nation essentially put out a call to arms, declaring in an all-caps headline, “OBAMA FLIP FLOPS, DECLARES WAR ON MARRIAGE.”
But so much for brand unity, because Fox News anchor Shep Smith was not shy on-air about his agreement with the president’s stated belief that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry. "The president of the United States, now in the 21st century," Smith said dryly after airing Obama’s historic announcement. He then asked Fox host Bret Baier, with some attitude, if the Republicans would dare make marriage equality a campaign issue "while sitting very firmly, without much question, on the wrong side of history on it."
Baier responded soberly, “I don’t know about that, Shep,” pointing to close opinion polls and state referendums banning same-sex unions. Smith went on to note that Obama’s position “makes no legal change for now, which may sound familiar to a couple of generations ago, but that’s where we are.”
I ♥ you, Shep Smith. Truly.
This literally made me sick.
The right to… not be grossed out by gay people? What right was stripped away? Seriously, somebody explain to me how a law that allows people to get married “strips away” rights from others.
Oh, hello there Rick Santorum. Did you read the decision? You might be interested:
Proposition 8 worked a singular and limited change to the California Constitution: it stripped same-sex couples of the right to have their committed relationships recognized by the State with the designation of ‘marriage,’ which the state constitution had previously guaranteed them, while leaving in place all of their other rights and responsibilities as partners—rights and responsibilities that are identical to those of married spouses and form an integral part of the marriage relationship…
By using their initiative power to target a minority group and withdraw a right that it possessed, without a legitimate reason for doing so, the People of California violated the Equal Protection Clause. We hold Proposition 8 to be unconstitutional on this ground. We do not doubt the importance of the more general questions presented to us concerning the rights of same-sex couples to marry, nor do we doubt that these questions will likely be resolved in other states, and for the nation as a whole, by other courts. For now, it suffices to conclude that the People of California may not, consistent with the Federal Constitution, add to their state constitution a provision that has no more practical effect than to strip gays and lesbians of their right to use the official designation that the State and society give to committed relationships, thereby adversely affecting the status and dignity of the members of a disfavored class. The judgment of the district court is
Sounds like some people got their rights stripped, and it wasn’t the people who voted for Prop(H)8. But I can see how you’d get confused, Rick. With your head so far up your own ass, I bet your view of the world around you is rather limited.