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Yesterday we celebrated the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Today we inaugurate our first black president. Any one else out there appreciate the alignment of these?

Out with the monkey, in with THE MAN!!


Statement from the Right Rev. J. Jon Bruno, Bishop

The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles

November 5, 2008

I call upon Californians who supported Proposition 8 to make an honest and dedicated effort to learn more about the lives and experiences of lesbian and gay humanity whose constitutional rights are unfairly targeted by this measure. Look carefully at scriptural interpretations, and remember that the Bible was once used to justify slavery, among other forms of oppression.

It is important that we understand that we are a state that lives with freedom of religion – and freedom from religious oppression.

In my view, and in that of many Episcopalians, Proposition 8 is a lamentable expression of fear-based discrimination that attempts to deny the constitutional rights of some Californians on the basis of sexual orientation. It is only a matter of time before its narrow constraints are ultimately nullified by the courts and our citizens’ own increasing knowledge about the diversity of God’s creation.

We were supposed to go to James and Cara’s place tonight to celebrate Guy Fawkes night with them and Nate and Shelly. It was supposed to be a celebration.

Not that we’re not celebrating Obama, but I think we’re all also reeling a bit from the defeat of Prop 8. We may still go, but I doubt the mood will be anything but a combination of anger and sadness.

And I think we all feel the need to sort of curl up in the fetal position and whimper.

Not that we couldn’t also burn some Prop 8 supporters in effigy, I suppose…

There were two props on the California ballot that we watched with interest last night.

Prop 4: Requiring parental notification followed by at least a 48 hour waiting period before performing an abortion on a minor.
FAILED (as of 95% precincts reporting)

I believe the right to choose means just that. I may not agree with your choice, and you may not agree with mine, but we’re both free to make them. I don’t like the idea of abortion, I don’t think it should be treated cavalierly, and I definitely don’t think it should be viewed by some as a form of birth control. But dammit, I believe I should be free to choose what I do with my body. And when you start placing restrictions on that, bad things can happen. Opponents of this bill pointed out how many more girls might go to back alley clinics to get help because they couldn’t face telling their parents. What then? How are you making anyone safer by making this law? And funny how the proponents of Prop 4, and those that are pro-life, tend to be the same people who don’t want to support social programs that would help girls out following having a baby that the aren’t able or willing to care for. America is supposed to be about freedom to be yourself, and that should include the right to choose.

Prop 8: Eliminiating the right to same-sex marriage.
PASSED (as of 95% reporting, but NPR says it’s too close to call because provisional ballots are still being counted in SF and LA–go absentee voters!!)

Funny, I thought we as a country didn’t think discrimination was a good idea? 100+ years ago, someone like Obama would have been a slave. 40-50 years ago, someone like Obama was fighting for their rights. Today, Obama has been elected to the highest office in this nation, and many would argue, the world. And yet, today also, two people who love each other and happen to have the same gender can’t marry. If you really want to protect the sanctity of marriage, outlaw divorce. Because how does two guys or two girls marrying mean that my marriage to John is any less valid? I mean, come on. We’re supposed to be a progressive state. But no, we here in California still believe in discrimination. I can’t tell you how pissed off I am right now, and will continue to be if it actually fully passes.

Bloody hell.



I’m pretty proud right now to say that I helped elect the first African-American president of the United States of America. He’s a good man, and will hopefully lead this country out of the currant mess it’s in. Congratulations, President Obama. May you serve us well. That was a damn fine speech, too!

And I’ll give it to McCain–that was a very well-done and gracious concession speech. I can’t say the same for the boo-ers in his crowd. Though I do suppose it’s easy to be gracious in victory and much harder to do so in defeat. And that quip about seeing Palin in the future? Please send her back to her iceberg!

That said, I’m off to celebrate! This is HISTORY, folks! And I helped make it!

P.S. Congrats to Iowa for going back to blue after being so pink in 2004.

P.P.S. Props 4 and 8? I’m watching you!!

First off, just go vote. If you don’t, keep your mouth shut for the next four years–you’ve got no right to complain or critique or celebrate. I don’t care who you vote for, just do it!

((Okay, I care a bit, I want you to vote for my people/causes. But in the grand scheme of things, just go do it. Make your voice heard.))

Second, even one vote counts. Oh yeah, you say? 500-some votes decided the 2000 election. Go do your part.

Here’s a “one vote counts” story for you:

Many years ago, when John’s parents lived in the lower midwest, they used to build houses for a living (or as a side job? I never got a clear distinction). They’d spent all day working, and were dirty and dusty and exhausted.

About the time they were done, John’s dad realized it was election day for, among other things, a local bond issue to support the schools. They debated going to the polls or not. They both wanted nothing more than a shower, some food, and some sleep, but they both also wanted the bond measure to pass.

So, in the end, they went to the polls just before the closed and voted for the bond measure.

The two of them. Two votes for yes. Last minute decision to actually go and vote.

The bond measure? Passed by one vote.

Your vote is your voice in this country. Go use it!

EDIT: If that’s not enough, how about this cuteness?

Mostly because I’m an absentee voter. So I already sent in my ballot. I voted for Hillary. John voted for Obama. Basically, we cancel each other out. But at least we did it.

In other news, I’m hibernating. Talk amongst yourselves.


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