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14 June 2006 @ 09:04 pm
Land of the Free? ... or whatever.  
WARNING:: This is a rant. Meredith is being a bitch-- she's way, _way_ past the respectful discourse stage and about ten miles into Extremely Pissed. You've been warned.

While I am intensely relieved that the Constitutional ban on gay marriage didn't pass, I find the political landscape these days like looking out on a barren, charred wasteland.

Good ol' Dubyah weighed in saying that marriage was a fundamental right that should be restricted to only a man and a woman. So... let me follow this, Georgie. It's a fundamental right (which means *everyone* should have it), so you want to take it away from certain individuals just because you don't like what they might get up to in the sack? Nice one, Logic-Boy! X_x;;

Also, according to this, forty-five of the fifty states have some sort of ban on gay marriage, be it constiutional or simple statute. Gee, it's nice to know I'm only free in ten percent of the country. I already live in one of the nineteen knuckle-headed states that have banned it on their constitutions. Thank you, Ohio, for making sure I know I'm a second class citizen.

Add all this to the recent swell in Ex-Gay ministries? I want to scream. I want to throw things. Hello, I am not a disease that needs to be cured. But it's like trying to have a meaningful conversation with a freak'n wall.

To Anti-Gay Conservatives and Ex-Gay "Outreach" People: Have a pocket full of bite me. Talking doesn't seem to work with you, so I'm just gonna wave a single universally recognized finger and hope you get the message.

Sorry for bitching at you guys, but this stuff makes me crazy. _CRAZY_. I want to go live on another fucking planet at this point.

So as not to end on a completely desolate note: If you like the idea of moving to another planet, try Katherine V. Forrest's Daughters of a Coral Dawn and Daughters of an Amber Afternoon. Good lesbian romance is hard to find. Intellectually stimulating "light" sci-fi/fantasy is even harder. Both? Highly squee-worthy. So the science is on crack sometimes. It's damn good crack, and that's all that matters.

Emotional Temperature: angrybitter, who me?
The Band Plays:: "All American Girl"-- by Train
Ravenloneraven on June 15th, 2006 01:38 am (UTC)
This makes me very, very angry. It's stuff like this that reminds me that America really is a foreign country where they do things differently - and this is one thing I wish they didn't.
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: fab4garnettrees on June 16th, 2006 03:56 am (UTC)
You see, it always cracks me up how American media goes on and on about how we're this bastion of freedom, "like, the bestest country ever, OMG!". Sometimes I wonder if they're living in the same country I am. This conservative trend is so scary-- I wonder if most people realize how we really look to other countries.

Land of the free, my arse.
Lazuli: marry me narutolazzchan on June 15th, 2006 01:41 am (UTC)
*hugs tightly*

People are close minded and stupid and I'd like to beat the lot of them. I don't know why they can't see past their high handed attitudes and shitty morals.

I think you're perfect the way you are and this whole mess pisses me off so badly that I was literally screaming in frustration. I live in UTAH and man, you should see the mess here for the whole debate. It's enough to make me sick and I wish that I could do something to shove their words where the sun doesn't shine.

*hugs again* I miss talking to you, Mere-- I need your AIM or MSN again. ^^
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: magicgarnettrees on June 16th, 2006 03:59 am (UTC)
*hugs back*

I don't know why they can't see past their high handed attitudes and shitty morals.
I just don't get why it's such a big deal. If they don't like homosexuality, they don't have to engage in it. This hatred and intolerance... you know they want all trace of us gone. It's scary.

I'm glad there are kind, open-minded people like you out there. You remind me that there are sane people in this country-- it's just the crazy ones making all the noise.

Heh, I've let my AIM time out for so long, I doubt I could get back on it. I miss talking to you too, though. I should get a new one. I'll let you know what it is when I get it, okay? *hugs*
Lazulilazzchan on June 16th, 2006 04:06 am (UTC)
Yes, please do! It was so much fun talking to you in the past.

Humanity in general gives me a headache and it just makes my brain want to implode at how stupid people act.
Lazulilazzchan on June 16th, 2006 04:18 am (UTC)
also, something that I got from the LIFEGSA list I'm on.

Forwarding this from another list:

I'm doing some GLBT research for an upcoming presentation and
came upon this "Queer Quote" from UCSD's website
(http://lgbtro.ucsd.edu). I thought it was worth passing on.


Yesterday in Annapolis at a hearing on the proposed
Constitutional Amendment to prohibit gay marriage, Jamie Raskin,
professor of law at AU, was requested to testify. He did so. At
the end of his testimony, a right-wing senator said:
'Mr Raskin, my Bible says marriage is only between a man & a
woman. What do you have to say about that?"
Raskin: "Senator, when you took your oath of office, you placed
your hand on the Bible and swore to uphold the Constitution. You
did not place your hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold
the Bible."
The room erupted into applause.

Hope you all are having a great summer,

Meredith Bronwen Mallory: brokenheartsgarnettrees on June 16th, 2006 04:56 am (UTC)
Senator, when you took your oath of office, you placed
your hand on the Bible and swore to uphold the Constitution. You
did not place your hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold
the Bible."

That is one of the best things I've heard in a long time, Laz. Thanks so much for passing it on-- that's an awesome quote!
Lazulilazzchan on June 16th, 2006 04:56 am (UTC)
XD I love that quote!
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Meredith Bronwen Mallory: lilyevansgarnettrees on June 16th, 2006 04:03 am (UTC)
Hey, that sounds really awesome! I've got the title and author tucked away on a note in my purse, that way I won't be kicking myself for forgetting next time I visit the bookstore. It sounds like a really inventive series. I get frustrated with lesbian fiction, sometimes, because it seems that most of the novels are detective stories, which really aren't my cup of tea. It's a small genre, thoug, so you take what you can get.

About the S&M content... how heavy? I'll be the first to admit that mild bondage, and even a little blood-letting, number amongst my kinks, but everyone tends to have a different definition of how far 'too far' is. If you can't really describe it, that's okay-- I'm going to read the books anyway, so I can skip over anything that really squicks me.

Thanks so much for the recs!
Insufferable Know-It-All: anakin fingerladyaeryn on June 15th, 2006 02:11 am (UTC)

It makes me angry too. I wanted to throw something at my TV when my stupid state made it a criminal offense to marry someone of the same sex. You're against gay marriage? THEN DON'T MARRY A GAY PERSON.

I'm not gay, but it makes me angry to think that if I or my sister were, my father and his wife (fundamentalist Christians) would think it something we needed to be prayed over for and cured of. Heck, I probably wouldn't even be allowed in my father's house, at least when his wife was there. I all but stormed from the dinner table one night when my stepmom mentioned how she'd absolutely loved this one comedian for years - until it came out that he was gay.

All these people raving about protecting "family values"... tell me how being raised with two happy mommies is more dangerous to a child than being raised by heterosexual, abusive, drunken, adulterous parents? Yeah, those things never happen in straight marriages, and they certainly don't harm kids. How about you bigots worry about how you're going to resolve this war you've dragged us into, or our damn economy, instead of where two guys are sticking their nether-bits?

*hugs again*
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: lovesecretgarnettrees on June 16th, 2006 04:09 am (UTC)
You're against gay marriage? THEN DON'T MARRY A GAY PERSON.
Exactly! What a refeshing breath of sanity you are. ^_^

I'm sorry about your dad and step-mom. I've never come out to my extended family (aunts, uncles, cousins), mostly because they'd never speak to me again. That would actually be a plus, except my mom has this whole "we-must-be-the-waltons" fixation, so I keep my mouth shut for her sake. But it's really hard, especially when my uncle starts gay-bashing right at the dinner table.

All these people raving about protecting "family values"...
I _know_! I work at an elementary school, and I see plenty of kids from straight marriages in varying situations. It doesn't matter what gender your parents are-- it matters if they love you and are willing to take care of you.

Ah, the war. I'm having flashbacks to the sixties, and I wasn't even *born* during the sixties. ^_~
*hugs back*
Amber: x-men | hugs!minttown1 on June 15th, 2006 03:17 am (UTC)
*hugs* Nothing else to say, really; people are idiots.

Those recommendations sound very interesting, though; I'll have to check them out.
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: love1garnettrees on June 16th, 2006 04:10 am (UTC)
*hugs back* The human race makes my head hurt. The aliens are out there banging their heads on the wall.

I hope you do get a chance to check the books out, though-- they're really a lot of fun. ^_^
not telling!: Never forgetyorda_ on June 15th, 2006 11:15 am (UTC)
That stuff makes me so angry and sad. The world, but especially the United States of America is an unjust place to live in. You should come to Finland :) We have stupid, intolerant people here, too, but it's not as bad as things over there. And I basically live in the boondocks of Europe but even we allow gay marriage. And we have a nice president and she is loved by almost every Finn, unlike your Georgie Porgie :)
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: lily2garnettrees on June 16th, 2006 04:13 am (UTC)
The world, but especially the United States of America is an unjust place to live in.
And yet, all the patriots are always going on about how America is "the most free, democratic nation on the planet". X_x;; *Which* planet?

Stupid, intolerant people are everywhere, but Finland sounds nice. You have long winters, don't you? I can't stand how long days get around here-- the sun doesn't set until nine anymore, and it's making me bonkers. ^_~;;

Georgie Porgie, pudd'n and pie,
the Republican who makes everyone cry.


Ps. Thanks for the feedback on "Easy Co Wakes Up Gay", btw! It was really sweet,
not telling!: Pinguyorda_ on June 17th, 2006 08:15 pm (UTC)
Yeah, we have long winters and short but beautiful summers. The winters are very dark and the summers are so light because the sun hardly sets. I mean, it's now past 11 pm and I can still see the red glow from the sun. It's pretty weird if you stay up late, because the birds start singing around 2 am and the sun is shining from a bright blue sky around 3.30 am :D This is a weird country.
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Meredith Bronwen Mallory: togethergarnettrees on June 16th, 2006 04:14 am (UTC)
*snuggles* Your library sounds lovely, and I'd share with Leigh any time.

Your university has a Pride library? *is so jealous*
killing_rosekilling_rose on March 30th, 2007 04:42 am (UTC)
I know it's been almost a year since you ranted, but since three blocks down the road are eight "Protect marriage; protect your families" signs...I'm bitter myself.

It's bad enough that we're second class citizens in Alaska too. But now they're trying to overturn an Alaskan Supreme Court decision that states that it's discrimination-and unconstitutional-not to give same-sex partners equal benefits and that that should go into effect immediately. So, instead, they're trying for another constitutional ammendment. Like the one that defines marriage as being between a man and a woman.

Sorry for my own rant...I'm a little bitter on the subject myself.