Monday, May 19, 2008

Gay Marriage -- CA&US

On May 15th in San Francisco the CA Supreme Court lifted the gay marriage ban. In short, it’s ok for 2 men or 2 women to marry each other. This not only affects CA but our whole country too.

Michael Foust of the Baptist Press expands this thought:

California's high court isn't the first to hand down such a ruling -– Massachusetts' court owns that distinction –- but its impact has the potential to be far more significant, for at least four reasons: The decision was issued in the nation's most populous state; the court is one of the most, if not the most, influential high courts in the country; the justices placed sexual "orientation" alongside race, sex and religion in protected class status; and, unlike Massachusetts, California has no residency requirements, meaning that same-sex couples from every state can travel to the Golden State, get a marriage license, and then go back to their home state and sue for recognition.

1) CA is the most populous state.

2) CA is among the most influential courts in the country.

3) Sexual orientation is now a protected class.

4) Anyone from other US states can get hitched in CA and that Same-sex marriage must be honored in the state where they reside. Even Utah.

McCain is against gay marriage. Obama, Clinton, and Pellosi are for it. Those 3 celebrate gay marriage.

As a result from this court decision, on the next day, Ellen Degeneres announced on her daytime TV show her incipient marriage to girlfriend Portia DeRossi. I have always liked Ellen as a comedian; liked her less when she promoted her personal proclivities. This is a shake-of-the-dice for her again. A decade ago she came-out on her sitcom Ellen while dating girlfriend Ann Heche. Her TV show’s ratings plummeted until she was able to find a voice-over gig for the 2003 box office smash children’s cartoon Finding Nemo. Now, 5 years later, The Ellen DeGeneres Show’s daytime ratings are doing swell. She's coming out again with overt self-disclosure. Will the public be supportive, or say Tah-tah mu-cha-cha” just like they did in 1997? They would later say buh-bye to Daytimer Rosie O’Donnell twice: once from the Rosie show and later from The View. These Hollywood types are not subtle, are they?

One of my favorite political talking-heads, Laura Ingraham, has a book called Shut Up and Sing. She thinks great singing entertainers like the Dixie Chicks; Barbara Streisand, and Bruce Springsteen should stick to what they know and simply thrive. Maybe she should write another book—Shut Up and Tell Jokes. Ellen could have been a quiet presence for the gay community if she hadn’t addressed the controversial issue; modestly got married; and been a model of success to both the gay and straight communities. This thing ain't over folks.

The slim, 4-3 margin, California Supreme Court order to legalize gay marriage won't take effect for 30 days -- pro-family groups are already positioned to overturn the overturning. The timing may just work out for political advantage toward traditional candidates. Nothing like exposing left-leaning candidates and Hollywood pundits for who they are during an election--let’s watch to see how this affects Ellen too.

Will this be a trend-setter or have the same old effect for the same old people?

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