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05/29/2008

Video: CA ruling—do Georgians find it peachy?

by Jeremy Hooper

Are you a lesbian who's planning to marry a lass named Etta? Well alas, you might be waiting a while before you can do so in Marrieta. The appropriately-named MobLogic shows you why:

Fortunately for gays, however, "I don't think it's right" is not (supposed to be) the standard by which we set and uphold laws in this country.

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But we all know 'I don't think it's right.' is just dumb speak for I have never thought about it at all, but that is what my ________ (mom, dad,pastor,friends, and folks) say.

Posted by: LOrion | May 29, 2008 11:00:02 AM

True, LOrion. Independent thought surely doesn't fill the anti-marriage movement's gas tank.

Posted by: G-A-Y | May 29, 2008 11:04:09 AM

the bald guy in the pink shirt seemed to get it the most. To each his own and about religion being a personal relationship with God not something that dictates laws.
It is amazing how uncomfortable so many of them got as if they didnt even want to talk about it at all so they just hid behind their "faith".

Posted by: Ron | May 29, 2008 11:05:55 AM

I live in Atlanta and Marietta is not really a small town - it is a suburb about 15 minutes away from Atlanta. This video was shot in Marietta Square, which looks like a small town. Unfortunately, I don't believe the views expressed in this video are restricted to small or big towns. I think you could find folks who have similar beliefs on the streets of NYC or San Francisco. Sure, Georgia is pretty behind the times - but, lets also remember that we still have a big battle ahead of us all over the country - in big and small cities.

Posted by: Rebecca | May 29, 2008 11:36:58 AM

The bottom line is people are people... white, black, straight, gay. "We the people..." means everyone. The "pursuit of happiness" should not be exclusive. We learned that with the civil rights movement & the women's movement.
Denying same-sex marriages is equivalent to having homosexuals ride at the back of the bus.
Our forefathers looked toward inclusion of ALL. I imagine they would roll over in their graves if they saw how "religion" was trying to define AMERICAN freedoms.

Posted by: Jashoda | May 29, 2008 4:51:55 PM

I agree with Rebecca. As a former Atlantan (I miss it sooo much!), I knew plenty of progressive, intelligent people who lived in that great city. I am sure if you conducted that same interview at one of the Olympic Club clubhouses in SF or took the bridge to Oakland, you'd get many of the same responses. It's easy to find stupidity if you seek it out.

Posted by: Tweety | May 29, 2008 5:30:55 PM

Okay, Unitarians, UCC members, and Quakers believe that same-sex couples should have the same right to marry as do "other-gendered" people. Most of their members are straight. Should the government and/or "the people" forbid the free exercise of religion to straight Christians from practicing their beliefs?

Just asking…

Posted by: Glen | May 29, 2008 8:49:22 PM

I find it amusing that of all the progressive things California has led the way in, the interviewer chose to highlight RollerBlades as an example.

Posted by: Miranda | May 30, 2008 1:18:36 AM

In response to Glen's question: Allowing gay people to marry in no way prevents "Christians from practicing their beliefs." If a person believes (according to his faith) that gay marriage is a sin, then he should not enter into a gay marriage. In the secular society, the the faithful must respect (or at least, tolerate) married gay people (just as non-drinking fundamentalists have to live in a society that permits alcohol).

Posted by: Scott | May 30, 2008 6:41:54 AM

These Buy-Bull beaters make me sick....they never ask the right questions...esp. to women..about HOW religion was used to FIGHT against thier Rights...same Goes with that Black guy who barely could speak/pronounce English ie: mush-mouth.. geeez - Georgia..they'd still welcome Slavery IF they could...

Posted by: Rex | May 30, 2008 9:15:43 AM

another reason why I would NEVER go too or Tour Georgia....Backwards bumpkins, who can't just live as decent human beings...they live vicariously thru 2000yr old writings by MAN...sorry I've evolved...and don't deal with,nor socialize with Neanderthal knuckle-draggers.

Posted by: Disgusted american | May 30, 2008 9:26:43 AM

About the woman saying that same-gender couples should have the same rights because "it's not a choice that they make":

Even if homosexuality or bisexuality were a "choice", that would be irrelevant. Freedom and equality are based not on "pity the poor gays, they can't help it" but simply (as Jashoda points out) on the notion that bi, gay, lesbian, straight, and/or trans people are PEOPLE, with rights including the "pursuit of happiness".

Obsolete millennia-old religious dogma (including "be fruitful and multiply, because we're a tiny tribe looking to increase our religion's market share in a sparsely-populated world with seemingly limitless resources") has no place in our public policy.

Posted by: GC | May 30, 2008 3:17:22 PM

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