Marriage Equality in New York State

I am so happy that New York State has finally decided to allow all people the right to marry whomever they choose to marry. It is a long overdue correction of an error born of ignorance and mostly based upon religious extremists’ interpretation of what marriage is for, procreation.

A strange thing happened to me the moment I heard that my state would be allowing same-sex marriage now, only about a month ago. I immediately felt more free! I don’t know why really and wonder if other people felt it too. I am happily married and have no plans to make use of this new right, probably ever! Yet I felt more free. That was the key to my complete realization of how unjust the marriage laws in New York State had been. When someone who doesn’t need be given the right to marry still feels more free, you know a wrong has been made right.

Now if only every state in this country would see the error of their ways! Of course the Federal government also needs to move out of the dark ages and into the light of equal rights for all Peoples regardless of whether or not they have the ability to reproduce.


The State of Religion in America

Sister Wives’ Kody & Robyn Brown Expecting a Baby
http://www.people.com
This will be the first child between Kody and his fourth wife, Robyn..

I thought this was an interesting article. I saw one episode of their tv reality show the other day. Happy Mormon polygamists, coming out of the closet or rather the woodwork. They are attractive, healthy looking, honest, sincere, and most important, self-supporting adults. No child has been injured in the making of this family. They have great personalities, are loveable, friendly and outgoing. No mental health issues, physical illnesses or poverty among these devout old school Mormons.

If only Joseph Smith could have lived in today’s America. He would have had a much easier time of it, establishing his new religion. America today is tolerant of divergence lifestyles and vigorous in defending religious freedom, especially the rights to religious expression. All Mormons would be free to openly follow the prophet’s divinely inspired plan for salvation, including polygamy, not just a few underground families. Today Joseph would most assuredly not be jailed or killed by an angry mob. Today’s America would not only tolerate this religious leader’s cult, but most likely embrace it, as a uniquely American religion! Voyeuristic curiosity in this now only slightly kinky way of life is the worst he could expect. I would find it interesting to see what other divine revelations God would give him concerning the need for major lifestyle changes, for him personally, and of course for God’s chosen people; in order to reach the highest level of the celestial kingdom.

Due to our fear of stepping on the toes of God every cult claiming to be a religion can easily get tax exempt status and solicit funding. How far is America willing to go? Perhaps we need to take another look at religion and what constitutes a legitimate expression of religious faith.