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Erosophia Podcast #5: Same-Sex Marriage

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In this episode of the newly relaunched Erosophia Podcast, Jason, William, Devin, and Joia talk about same-sex marriage.

News

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Tonight’s Topic: Same-Sex Marriage

For a thorough debunking of the sadly terrible arguments against gay marriage, check out episode #205 of Diana Hsieh’s Philosophy in Action podcast.

Our take away from this podcast: gays are real people with real rights who should be able to marry just like anyone else.

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Illinois One Step Closer to Same-Sex Marriage

by Jason Stotts

As a special Valentine’s Day present, the Illinois Senate today passed a bill to make same-sex marriage legal in Illinois:

Under the measure, marriage officially would be changed in state law from an act between a man and a woman to two people. The legislation explicitly says nothing in the proposed law would force a religious denomination or minster to “solemnize any marriage.” People in civil unions would be able to convert them to gay marriages within a year of a same-sex marriage law going on the books in Illinois. (link)

The bill will now go to the Illinois House and then, if passed, to the Governor. Still, I applaud the Illinois Senate and hope the fight for human rights goes well in the Illinois House.  Not that I’m too optimistic about that terrible state, since they don’t even respect an individual’s right for self-defense.

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California’s Prop 8

by Jason Stotts

In a wonderful turn of events, a federal judge has ruled that Prop 8 is unconstitutional.

In the majority opinion, Circuit Judges Stephen Reinhardt and Michael Daly Hawkins noted that they were speaking only to Proposition 8, and that other states would have to decide the issue of marriage themselves.

“For now, it suffices to conclude that the people of California may not, consistent with the federal Constitution, add to their state constitution a provision that has no more practical effect than to strip gays and lesbians of the right to use the official designation that the state and society give to committed relationships, thereby adversely affecting the status and dignity of the members of a disfavored class,” the opinion states. (via CNN)

I’ll have more to say about whether it’s ever appropriate for a people to vote away others rights (it isn’t) in the future, but for now this is great news.  Of course, the christians will challenge the ruling and this case will likely end up in the Supreme Court.

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Same-Sex Marriage

by Jason Stotts

The thing that many people forget about same-sex marriage is that it’s…just marriage.

Marriage should be about love and love takes many forms.

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It’s a Good Day to be Gay

by Jason Stotts

There’s a couple of reasons to celebrate today if you’re a gay, or, you know, support individual rights.

Today is the first official day that the US military will allow openly gay service members (“gay service member” might be a term of art, I’m not sure). This is a great move forward for our culture and I think it will help to bring more widespread acceptance. This is, I think, one of the few things that Socialist Party President Barack Obama has done that I approve of. On the other hand, I’d like to point out that DADT was put into place by another Socialist Party President, Bill Clinton.

On the other side of the Atlantic, the British are getting plans together to allow same-sex marriage throughout the country. There aren’t a lot of details yet, but apparently the country has allowed civil unions between same-sex couples since 2005 and now they’re moving to allow them into the full institution of marriage. This is good news and I hope the measure succeeds. (ABC)

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New York Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

by Jason Stotts

In a move that makes them the sixth state in the union to do so, the State of New York has legalized gay marriage!  This is a victory for all advocates of individual rights and opponents of christianity and its hatred of humanity and human happiness.  New York joins: New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, as well as Washington DC as being places where an individual’s sexual orientation does not prevent them from marrying the person that they love. (via BBC)

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Illinois Approves Civil Unions

by Jason Stotts

CNN is reporting that yesterday the Illinois legislature passed legislation legalizing civil unions for either heterosexual or homosexual couples.  It’s not exactly equality, but at least now gays in IL have some legal rights as a couple.

Illinois’ state Senate approved legislation Wednesday that will give same-sex couples many of the same rights as married couples.[…]

According to the language of the bill, it will provide “adequate procedures for the certification and registration of a civil union and provide persons entering into a civil union with the obligations, responsibilities, protections, and benefits afforded or recognized by the law of Illinois to spouses.”

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It’s Not Over Yet for Prop 8

by Jason Stotts

As was expected, the ruling on the Prop 8 case was stayed by the 9th Circuit, pending appeal.  From the ABA:

A federal appeals court today blocked a plan to allow same-sex marriages in California later this week, while the so-called Proposition 8 case ruling overturning a state referendum that banned same-sex weddings is challenged.

However, this may not be the final answer: The temporary ban on same-sex weddings imposed by the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals might now be lifted by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Associated Press reports.

And the case is expected to make its way to the Supreme Court for a final resolution regardless of what happens in the meantime.

A copy of today’s 9th Circuit order staying the district court’s ruling last week overturning Prop 8 is provided by Ben Smith’s blog at Politico.

The 9th Circuit, on its own, opted to expedite the appeal, vvacating a previously agreed briefing schedule and calendaring the case for argument in early December.

Let’s hope that this does make it to the Supreme Court so that certain sexual orientations no longer deny one full status as a US citizen.

Oh, and by the way, christians:

A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything. ~ Nietzsche

Your faith in your god and in your god’s hatred of gays has got to stop.

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