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what’s the meaning of inalienable

There has been a lot of press and blogging going on this week as Prop 8 proponents and opponents in California go before the California Supreme Court tomorrow to challenge the validity of the ballot initiative. Central to this legal challenge is the definition of civil rights and the ability to govern these though ballot initiatives. I came across several references today to a blog…

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elca sexuality task force, the envelope please…

Last week the ELCA released the recommendations of the Studies on Sexuality Task Force. For those who are not Lutheran, here is quick summary to bring you up to date on what that task force is doing. Over the past 10+ years, the ELCA has been wrestling with sexuality issues, primarily the ordination of LGBT people as pastors and the recognition of same sex relationships…

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the facts about the same sex marriage debate

I am concluding this week of posts about same sex marriage with what I consider the facts. It’s about the disdain for gay people. Arguments against same sex marriage are almost totally based on the premise that homosexuality is bad and that’s why same sex marriage is bad. In civil marriage, the government does not make a values judgement about the individuals being married. In…

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does same sex marriage degrade the value of “traditional” marriage?

This point is a quite interesting argument of opponents of same sex marriage. How do you define the value of marriage? It is often cited that about 43-50% of heterosexual couples in marriage will be divorced sometime in their lifetime. Infidelity is often reported around the 15-20% range for heterosexual couples. 2-4 million women are victims of domestic violence every year. I don’t believe a…

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is same sex marriage a civil right?

With Valentine’s Day approaching on Saturday, I continue my week of posts devoted to same sex marriage. As an avid reader of blogs and news web sites, I’ve spent the past few months reading the press after Prop 8 in California passed. An argument that I find intriguing is the assertion from Prop 8 proponents that same sex marriage is not a civil right. I…

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same sex marriage: are christians intolerant?

Yesterday I explored the issue of intolerance and LGBT people’s actions with respect to the passage of California Prop 8. It only seems natural to look at intolerance of Prop 8 Christian supporters since that is the group that LGBT people target as intolerant. As you can see, intolerance is tossed around a lot when discussing LGBT issues and rights. As a person who attends…

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same sex marriage: are lgbt people intolerant?

It’s been some time since I’ve blogged on faith-based issues. Since November I’ve been reading quite a bit about the fallout after the passage of Proposition 8 in California to ban same sex marriage. With Valentine’s Day approaching, I thought the same sex marriage controversy would make a good topic for the week. LGBT people across the USA reacted strongly and quickly to the Prop…

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