My new hero

6 08 2010

My new hero is Judge Vaughn Walker, the jurist who ruled that Prop 8 is unconstitutional. One of his statements (paraphrased) is that one group cannot deny another group something based on what the first group deems immoral.

My friend Aubrey Liggins wrote this: “Marriage has nothing to do with the church. A pastor cannot issue a marriage license and cannot legally marry anybody without it. Therefore it is a civil matter. Marriage rights that are denied are civil rights that are denied.” That is as a succinct a summary of the issue as I have ever heard.

I’m sure that there will be a whole lot more ranting and crap yet to come, and it might even make it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. But for this moment at least, I feel exhilarated and hopeful. May this be the beginning of the end of the debate; may people stop being bullied by the conservative Church; and may we move onward and upward.

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6 08 2011
Kathy Frashier

Anne – so happy for your engagement and so glad that you much more complex and cooler than I ever would have imagined in High School.

Kathy Frashier

7 08 2011
thefloydster

Were you a student of mine or did we go to high school together?

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