This is a gender creation story, not a creation of marriage story. Adam and Eve do not exchange rings, say “I do” and have a jazz band reception in Paradise.
The Bible “says” a lot of things but perhaps we should treat the Bible less like an authoritative contract with God and understand it more as a human-authored, divinely-inspired, document that arouses a life of faith.
So does the Bible have anything to “say” about gay marriage? The Bible is not specific, literate, or even concerned with what we call same-sex orientation or gay marriage. But the state of New York recently had quite a lot to say about gay marriage. Those that would insert the Bible into this debate would do well to reflect upon the text itself. If only we quit focusing on what the Bible didactically “says” and converse with the text in its broader cultural context. Then one can realize the multivalent value of such a book that a narrow reading cannot service.
Transgender rights advocates pushed lawmakers on Wednesday to consider legislation that would add “gender identity, or expression” to the state’s anti-discrimination laws, resuming a contentious debate on Beacon Hill that has been simmering for years.
I have a soft spot for Massachusetts. I was born there, yes, but it seems like they really are ahead of the curve on social responsibilities. This is one of those things. No, people should not be able to be discriminated against in a job interview because they are transgendered.
Opponents are concerned about this taking away privacy. One of the examples was to have bathrooms more opened. Cause wouldn’t it be terrible if we had less “male” and “female” bathrooms? Surely society would collapse.
It isn’t that some gay will get some rights. It’s that everyone else in our state will lose rights. For instance, parents will lose the right to protect and direct the upbringing of their children. Because our K-12 public school system, of which ninety per cent of all youth are in the public school system, they will be required to learn that homosexuality is normal, equal and perhaps you should try it. And that will occur immediately, that all schools will begin teaching homosexuality.” – Senator Michele Bachmann, on what will happen if her same-sex marriage ban amendment fails to pass in 2004, appearing as guest on radio program “Prophetic Views Behind The News,” hosted by Jan Markell, KKMS 980-AM, March 6, 2004
“This is a very serious matter, because it is our children who are the prize for this community, they are specifically targeting our children.” — Senator Michele Bachmann, on the gay community and same-sex marriage, appearing as guest on radio program “Prophetic Views Behind The News”, hosted by Jan Markell, KKMS 980-AM, March 20, 2004.
“The sex curriculum will be essentially by taught by the local gay community.” — Senator Michele Bachmann, if her same-sex marriage ban amendment does not pass in 2004, appearing as guest on radio program “Prophetic Views Behind The News”, hosted by Jan Markell, KKMS 980-AM, March 20, 2004.
Have you seen the show on ABC called “What Would You Do”? They set people up in really interesting dilemmas, and watch the response of bystanders. I always find it fascinating. I’ve seen a woman abused in public, someone run out gas, pilots getting drunk at a bar before a ‘flight’, and all sorts of things.
Some of the responses are enraging, and there are usually one or two that give you a little hope for humanity. So when I saw this clip from a recent episode, in which they have a waitress say really nasty things to a gay couple with kids, I was really interested. And then they said they were in Texas. And then I was worried.
So the video leaves Texans not looking so bad actually. Supposedly, the people in Texas are actually more ready to stand up for whats right than the more liberal New York.
But what is really disturbing is the statistics in the video. In 29 states in the US gays can be refused service. That is embarrassing. Only 6 states ban discrimination against gays in adoption/foster care. How terrible.
You may have heard the story of Nikki Araguz. She is a transgender woman who was (common law) married to a firefighter who passed away in July. According to Nikki, her husband Thomas was aware of her past, but apparently his family was not, and a filed a lawsuit to ensure Nikki did not receive any of his assets.
A Wharton county judge ruled the marriage void, ensuring Nikki does not receive any of her husbands death benefits.