Spring has burst upon us and hurried on toward summer with surprising haste, and I'm caught with my calendar full of meetings, and can't seem to stop by the house to do much more than sleep. Beloved is tending the garden and the new chickens; Daughter has been providing meals and cleaning house a bit when she passes through. I see beautiful mornings on my way out to the commute and beautiful evenings on my return, and that's close to being all. I did make it up to the reservoir last Sunday, briefly, and returned with a couple of trout for Beloved -- but it didn't really feel like down time.
I posted this at the PFLAG blog, and thought I would add it here:
The Constitution Party of Oregon has filed the necessary paperwork to begin gathering signatures to do a referendum on the new Domestic Partnership law (House Bill 2007) AND the comprehensive, statewide Anti-Discrimination law (Senate Bill 2). Both are slated to go into effect on January 1, 2008--but if the signatures are gathered, these bills will not become law until after the November 2008 election…provided voters vote to keep these laws. The Constitution Party is just one of three known groups who are planning attempts to gather the just over 55,000 signatures needed to put you and your family's livelihood on the 2008 ballot.It's ironic -- here's a group calling itself the Constitution Party, whereas the Constitution itself notes that all rights already exist for all (9th Amendment) and states shall make no laws infringing them (14 Amendment, section 1). The Framers went to great lengths to explain (Federalist Papers #10) that rights cannot be put to a vote. It's actually unconstitutional for majority rule to adjudicate rights. Yet, alarmingly, bigots, legislators, courts, and even civil rights activists regularly forget this.
You have always had the right, as consenting adults, to love and live with whom you will, and to work, establish a domicile, and use public facilities. Be prepared, over the next year and thereafter, to defend these rights at all times and in all places.
Of the things that I have seen concerning the death of Jerry Falwell, I found these remarks by Jim Burroway the most pertinent:
In the 1980’s, as the gay community was facing the greatest calamity it had ever faced, there was Falwell’s visage on television, thundering, “AIDS is not just God’s punishment for homosexuals; it is God’s punishment for the society that tolerates homosexuals....”
If I think of it — if I find a quiet moment and if my better nature retains the upper hand — I may pray the Rosary while meditating on the Sorrowful Mysteries sometime this weekend. If I do, I’ll pray for Jerry Falwell (my guardian angel has already admonished me for imagining this Baptist preacher’s reaction to a gay Catholic praying for his deliverance from purgatory), and I’ll pray for his family. His family most certainly deserves our prayers and condolences during their time of sorrow.
But I gotta be honest here — and this is not something I’m proud of — but if a parade should happen to pass by, I may get distracted and go outside instead. I don’t think I’d join in necessarily, but I’d probably at least stand in the doorway and watch.