|source: LGBT Laughs|
>And if you don’t know that Abby is the Demon Dog from Froggy’s house, then maybe you ought to scoot on over and take a look-see, eh? And if you don’t think Abby has the power to change the laws in Washington, look at this picture where she’s about to make fire.
|Blatantly stolen from Froggy’s place.|
Anyway, up in Washington state, the legislature has voted that the state will recognize same-sex marriages from other states as legal domestic partnerships. Now, The Gays can’t get married up in Abby-ville–though I think she’s working on that, too–but the state will recognize your gay marriage by a vote of 28-19. It now heads to Governor Gregoire to sign into law.
Under current state law, Washington recognizes only domestic partnerships from other states, but excludes same-sex marriage, and while this bill doesn’t create full marriage equality in Washington, same-sex marriages from elsewhere would be eligible for the rights granted to domestic partnerships in this state.
Someone email this to Montana and Indiana, so they can see how things work when people are granted equality.
And someone give Abby a treat, because I’m thinking she had something to do with this.
Good girl, Abby. Good. Girl.
>In large cities, space is often at a premium, so, well, smaller is better, and sometimes cheaper. Case in point, this one bedroom loft. It’s tiny, to be sure, but functional, and with a sense of flair.
|A small, well, let’s call it ‘intimate,’ living room.|
|A fully functional kitchen.|
|The Grand Staircase……|
|…to the spacious Master Suite.|
|A slate-tiled shower…….|
|…..and double sinks!|
It is also built inside a grain bin from the 1940s…..
…and has a spacious front porch.
Of course the large city to which one would have to move to in order to own, yes, own, this piece of architectural magic, is Gruene Homestead Inn in New Braunfels , Texas.
Farm living is the life for me!
source: My Sister
Apparently the members of the Indiana Senate don’t read polls; you know, like the new one that came out last week that says a majority–and yes, it’s a slim majority–of Americans don’t have an issue with marriage equality.
But in Indiana the Republican controlled House and Senate set aside what seems to be the will of the people and approved a proposed amendment that would not only ban gay marriage, but also ban civil unions.
Now, while doing this, they also failed to do anything about jobs, the economy, the environment, or any of those pesky little annoyances; it was much more important for the Indiana state legislators to enact Hate.
Now, it’s not all said and done in Indiana, and when the people of the state waked up and realize their elected officials are not focusing on the issues near and dear to the hearts of the voters, these Republican asshats will be swept from office.
And now, onto Montana, Big Sky Country, er, Big Lie Country.
The Montana House blocked an attempt this week to blast a stalled bill out of committee so that state representatives could debate whether to repeal the state law declaring gay sex to be illegal.
For having consensual sex. In.Their.Own.Homes.
A leading opponent said the court didn’t strike down the law as unconstitutional.
Judiciary Chairman, Republican Congressman Ken Peterson, says the Supreme Court ruling held that same-sex adults, in private, not-for-commercial purposes, are protected by the right to privacy, not that the law was unconstitutional.
Democratic Congresswoman Diane Sands says, “It’s been almost 15 years since the Supreme Court ruling. It’s about time we removed that language from the books….It’s about the value we all place on the constitutional right to privacy and the right of members of the gay and lesbian community of Montana to not be criminals under the law Let’s bring it to the floor and debate it and take action on it.”
It was Congresswoman Sands who proposed getting the bill out of the House Judiciary Committee, but her motion received just 51 votes in the 100-member House, not the 60 votes needed.
Diane Sands’ motion drew support from one Republican, Congressman Steve Gibson, who said the issue is not about gay marriage or religion, but rather “about freedom, privacy, respect, personal responsibility.”
Yes, a Republican said that. And, he added, “Do you want the government in your bedroom? I don’t. I’m sure everybody in the House knows someone in their family, a friend or a person that is homosexual. Do you love them? Do you respect them? I do.”
But then, the less cool and rational Republican heads got into the fray, with one, Republican Congressman Michael Moore–No, not that one–arguing against Sands’ motion, actually citing Scripture and natural law and “eternal law”: “I would say that the protections provided in the privacy clause of the Montana Constitution, which are extensive and which we’ve been over numerous times in the House Judiciary Committee, the protections are sufficient.”
But keep the Hate Law on the books?
Let’s give Diane Sands the last word: “You know, we are members of your family and your community. We sit next to you in your pew at church and in some cases we’re your pastor, whether you know it or not. We care for your parents in nursing homes. We’re your nieces and nephews. We fill the potholes on your streets, and we even serve beside you as members of the House and the Senate. These days we serve beside you in the House and the Senate as out members of the lesbian and gay community, partly because we were not under the threat of this law.”
The times are a’changing. Are you sure you want to be at the back of the line as we march toward freedom, or do you want to be remembered as the ones who stood up against intolerance and bigotry and hate?
The choice is yours.
>Blind dates. Ugh. I went on a blind date once and.It.Was.A.Nightmare.
My date was a woman. Oy! Of course, I was in high school at the time, and not at all out, so naturally I would get set up with a woman. And we went to a drive-in movie. Oy!
Again. Me. A homo. On a blind date. With a woman. At a drive-in.
|Sarah and George|
But my sad little one-time shot at blind dating doesn’t even compare with Sarah Kemp and George Bentley’s blind date. Their date would definitely fall into the worst category, and, well, yes, the best category.
Sarah Kemp and George Bentley met through an Internet dating service. She was a cleaner living in Edinburgh, Scotland, and he was a London-based builder. After their initial “meet” on ForgetDinner.co.uk last fall, they began writing back and forth, finally deciding to “bite the bullet” and meet in person.
Sarah Kemp says she would never have agreed to a blind date, but she and George “hit it off from the beginning, and our relationship blossomed as we emailed each other more and more often.”
Sounds lovely, but wait.
As they met over drinks in a pub, and began to talk they both soon realized that this blind date was not going to lead to any kind of romance. They weren’t suited as lovers because they are, and here you have it, brother and sister.
After about an hour of that awful first date chat, at Bentley’s favorite pub, the White Horse, Bentley’s favorite the two realized they were actually siblings.
Sarah Kemp: “To meet your long-lost brother, in a bar, after over 30 years would be something by itself, [b]ut to meet him in those circumstances — on a date, for crying out loud — really is something else. We obviously had far more in common than first thought.”
Sarah Kemp and George Bentley grew up together until their parents, Felicity and David Bentley, divorced in 1975. Kemp moved with her mother to Edinburgh, while Bentley stayed with his father. Sarah Bentley married in 1989, only to divorce a year later, but kept the name Kemp, making George’s search for his sister all the more difficult.
George Bentley: “I had absolutely no idea where she was. I was also searching for Sarah Bentleys, rather than Sarah Kemps, as I obviously didn’t know she married. After a while, I think both Sarah and I gave up looking.”
Until a blind dating Internet site hooked them up.
But, in the end, quite, satisfying.