Hump Day Happiness #3

For some reason, I haven’t found a lot of things that made me happy this week. Maybe it’s because I’m sick. Maybe it’s just an unhappy week. Who knows?

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As you have probably heard by now, Mississippi high school student Constance McMillen was sent to a fake prom, as reported in The Advocate (and everywhere else).

Anyways, this e-card from Someeecards cheered me up a bit.

I’m glad that there was a plethora of lesbians at my high school prom.

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As reported on Carnal Nation, on March 31, 2010, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted a recommendation for all member states to combat discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. While it’s a non-binding agreement, declarations and proclamations can have important symbolic value. (If you are interested in that, I highly recommend Lynn Hunt’s book Inventing Human Rights.)

Anyways, the document includes suggested legislative and legal actions that member nations can take to combat hate crimes, hate speech, and discrimination, while ensuring equal rights for LGBT people in health, education, employment, housing, and sports. The document also establishes the right of LGBT people to seek asylum in Europe because of persecution due to their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

You can read the document in English here.

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Also reported on Carnal Nation, Iceland is likely to begin allowing gay marriages in June. They already have a domestic partnership registry, and guarantees of equal rights in social security, taxation, labor, adoption, and other social services. Seems like an island of 320,000 people is way ahead of most of the world.

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Finally, I know this video has gone viral, but it cracks me up.

Just goes to show you that you shouldn’t force gender norms on your young children. Or they’ll cry. After all, we all want to be single ladies.

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  1. Lesbians at prom= awesome! we only had a few because i live in a smaller area and people around here are a little….. off? but anyway one dressed like a man and one dressed like.. well a women and it was EPIC! the only problem i can see with a marriage is it is a religious thing. sense i do not believe in religion or anything of that nature i think it is rather silly. but the gay community should just find something else to call it? just like the christians saying its called marriage because “god” said thats what its called does not make it any more important then if you called it another word.. so that way the christians cant do anything about it and they both stay out of each others way on that subject. its funny how most of our founding fathers were atheist and came over to america to get away from the mind numbing christian dictatorship and now its just back to the same old thing. sad…

    • I have mixed feeling on this.

      On the one hand, separate is not equal. Words are powerful, and even if gay people have all the same rights and privileges as those in homosexual marriages, language has meaning.

      On the other hand, I would be okay with this if, and only if, marriage was seen as a purely religious institution. If you want to get married, you could do so in a church. If you wanted legal recognition, you could do so through a government recognized partnership. Churches could choose to conduct ceremonies for gay couples or not. The government would have no choice.

      • katie
      • April 8th, 2010

      But marriage isn’t strictly a religious act. It’s a cultural practice that extends beyond christianity or any other religious belief. Humans have been marrying each other before christianity even existed. Just because christians are the majority in the US doesn’t mean they can pretend to have the monopoly on marriage.

  2. To me, it comes down to this.

    The best thing would be to allow any two, consenting adults to marry. As Katie said, marriage is more than a religious act. It is very much a cultural institution. I know for a fact that marriage goes back to the Ancient Romans and Ancient Egyptians.

    My back up solution, if I was in charge of the world, would be to separate marriage and unions. Any two consenting adults could get a “domestic union” or whatever you wanted to call it through the government. Religious institutions- be it churches, synagogues, mosques, wiccan circles, whatever- could choose to recognize whatever sort of marriages they wanted.

    • I agree with both of these comments but the fact of the matter is.. religious groups will never change there ways because they are living on rules that were made up from a bunch of other crazy’s Thousands of years ago. This is why i dislike things like god and groups who love him because it creates problems like this one… and it is really silly because there just people who would like to be together! that is pretty much it. all man are created equal right? but not to christian people we’re not.. So yes if there is a way of creating a marriage through government and has nothing to do with church, then that would be the solution. but then again there are gays out there who are christian… so that a total different problem that also did not make sense to me.

    • jessa Messina
    • April 20th, 2010

    i just wanted to reference the single ladies video and tell you that that is also going in my confort food youtube video category! amazing!

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