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Republican Platform: Gay Marriage

I rarely get political here. I vote as an independent and never strictly down party lines.

But when the Republican party makes this kind of an announcement, they don’t really leave me much of a choice this November.

MARRIAGE:

The platform affirms the rights of states and the federal government not to recognize same-sex marriage. It backs a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

According to the article, this is a key part of the Republican platform. I found it on Fox, so it’s not left wing spin. It’s interesting to be gay, in a relationship with someone for twenty years, and read something like this in black and white.

And speaking of black and white, I think I know how mixed raced couples felt not more than fifty years ago when marriage was defined in some places as a union between one white man and one white woman.

It’s even more interesting because Tony and I have nieces and nephews who are products of marriages between one man and one woman…one other man and one other woman…and in some cases one more man and one more woman. In other words, we lasted all these years and we can’t legally get married. Our family members have been married and divorced several times. I have one set of nieces and nephews with more grandparents than they know what to do with.

So maybe they should change the platform to read marriage is the union between one man and one woman until the one man or one woman decide it’s time for marriage to be between one man and another woman, or one woman and another man. As things stand now with so many younger straight couples terrified to get married because they came from broken homes, and so many middle aged straight couples getting divorced, that would make far more sense to me.

But I do take pride in knowing that my nieces and nephews from broken homes, who have suffered the damages and trauma of divorce, have seen at least one solid relationship last that might help set an example for them in the future…even if the Republican platform refuses to recognize Tony and me legally.

This blog is not a democracy. Comments that don’t agree with me will not be published.

The Berenstain Bear Family Addresses Chick-Fil-A

I have posted about the Berenstain Bears here before, only I can’t find the link. If someone else can, please let me know.

The reason why I posted about them previously was because the Berenstain family is local, in Solebury, PA, which surrounds New Hope where I live. In my next release, Chase of a Dream, I even mention the Berenstain Bears in my book because it’s Culum Mayfield’s favorite bedtime ritual…I had no idea they were associated with Chick-fil-a.

But in light of what’s been happening with the Chick-fil-a corporation, The Berenstain Bear family has issued this statement regarding their association with Chick-fil-a.

I read this in Towerload:

Following the Jim Henson Company’s abrupt decision to end its relationship with Chick-fil-a over the company’s anti-gay donations, the restaurant chain began offering a series of books from the Berenstain Bears series instead, which has apparently horrified The Berenstain Family.

I know the Berenstain family has always been supportive of the LGBT community in this area, and I’m glad they made a statement regarding this. Though I rarely get into anything political, I would have distanced myself from it, too. And I would have been just as horrified to be associated with Chick-fil-a. Of course I agree that Chick-fil-a has a right to their opinions. But we all have a right NOT to support those opinions.