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You know the nice thing about civil marriage? NO RELIGION REQUIRED!!! The priests, rabbis, and imams can go scratch glass for all I care! And if some gay or Lesbian couple are so deranged as to want to have their union solemnized by one such of the aforementioned, they deserve what they get for their ignorance and/or naivete. Sorry, Daniel, but in the face of such stupidity, I have no empathy, not when what they want to cling to is the very thing that is trying to destroy them.
Finally, Jewish and Muslim leaders can agree on something! Kumbayah and all that!
Why a gay couple would want their homophobic priest, rabbi, or imam, to officiate at their wedding, is something I have not figured out.
Some interesting information on marriage equality in the Economist.
Of course! under-age girls! How silly of me!
Comment by Joan Denoo:
I wonder if Judge Roy has sex with donkeys? His morals fit the question.
Joan, I think Roy Moore would much rather have sex with under-aged girls than with a Democrat. :)
“Have You Considered Your Parents’ Happiness?”Conversion Therapy Ag...
"Homosexuality is neither a crime nor officially regarded as an illness in China. For decades, the legal status of consensual same-sex activity between men was ambiguous, but that was cleared up in the revised criminal code of 1997. In 2001, the Chinese Society of Psychiatry removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders. This is consistent with the consensus of global medical associations that homosexuality is not a medical condition."
However! There is always a however!
"public hospitals and private clinics in China continue to offer so-called 'conversion therapy,' which aims to change an individual’s sexual orientation from homosexual or bisexual to heterosexual, based on the false assumption that homosexuality is a disorder that needs to be remedied. "
"Chinese authorities have not taken the necessary steps to stop public hospitals or private clinics from offering conversion therapy."
Does anyone know what the cost of "conversion therapy?" I didn't find figures in a quick glance at the references. Certainly, a profit motive must be involved in the continuing practice.
China still has electric shock based conversion therapy for gay people. Groups are trying to get them to change that. I hope they are successful. My experiences of Chinese culture in general are that the community and state over-ride individuals. With China following the global trend for strong-man rule, religions are also being put under more state control, especially Christians. The govt is saying, basicically, "Don't trust Jesus to help you. Trust the Chinese Communist Party". The "rogue province" of Taiwan is considered more progressive, and may yet legalize same sex marriage, but even they have religious regressives so who knows? Still, it's better in East Asia, than in much of the world. We live in weird times.
Daniel, I hate to say it, but I agree on the Roy Moore issue. There are enough bigoted Alabama voters out there to put him in the Senate. The question becomes: what do Mitch McConnell & Co. do with him when he gets there? They've already come out in opposition to his candidacy. Is that all talk, or is there something in the chamber besides gunpowder?
BB, I'm glad Oz has moved a bit forward. It's still not a given, but closer than it was before the poll.
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