Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Next Steps in NC March Toward Being a Civlized State


After the initial hoopla of 4th Circuit Court decision, ruling that Amendment 1 to the NC constitution is, well, unconstitutional, the next step is being taken by the ACLU by showing that a few LGBTQ couples have a case showing the unconstitutionality of the amendment.

Here's a clip:http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/07/29/4037207/aclu-plans-to-move-quickly-in.html

So we await the step shoe to drop, the next door to open, the next straw to break the camel's back of his amendment of hate.

Pax!
 B

Monday, July 28, 2014

Fourth Circuit Court Loves NC


The 4th Circuit Court, covering states from MD to SC, showed us some "love" today.  Well, actually they showed us some justice today.  Well, OK 2 out of 3 judges showed us that the 14th amendment provides equal protection under the law, including in the area of marriage, and that these states that amended their constitutions to outlaw such equal protection were in the wrong.

Of course there was a "stay", and now we will soon await for another appeals court (am I correct?) and the end point is the U.S. Supreme Court.

Will they hear this case or not?

Meanwhile, there are LOADS of places to read about this, but here's a hyperlink to begin.http://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/breaking_bush_appointed_federal_appeals_court_judge_strikes_down_virginia_same_sex_marriage_ban

What does it mean for Dean and I as a couple? Nothing, until there is proof that this is the law of the land.  And it isn't that yet.

If it does become law, then I am getting a kilt and wearing it proudly on my wedding day.

Pax!

B

Monday, June 30, 2014

"Two Persons"


Here's a link to my latest blog posting on Huffingtonpost.com on the effect of the Authoritative Interpretation that makes possible my option of marrying an LGBTQ couple.

Here's the link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brett-webbmitchell/two-persons_b_5540228.

Pax!

B

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Happy Wedding Day, Ryan and Matthew!



Wandering through the wedding section of the NYT this morning while watching "CBS Sunday Morning News," I bumped into this wedding announcement celebrating the wedding of Ryan and Matthew.  Now what stood out about this announcement was its so Presbyterian. Matthew is a Presbyterian, and is a candidate for ministry in the PCUSA. Even though our Constitution doesn't quite support this union (sigh), nonetheless, they're married in NY. We're hopeful that the Constitution of the PCUSA changes in the next two years to stay "two persons".

What was also nice was that the Rev. Abby Mohaupt, a Presbyterian minister, married them.  This is legl as of last week after my denomination changed the Authoritative Interpretation and voted that ministers or teaching elders have discretion to marry LGBTQ couples.

So Mazel Tov to Ryan, Matthew, Abby, and to the PCUSA!

Here's the link to the announcement: http://static01.nyt.com/images/2014/06/29/fashion/weddings/29THORESONjpg/29THORESONjpg-tmagSF-v3.jpg
Pax!

B

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Amazed, delighted, thankful for the moves within the PCUSA



Well, we came late to the party of inclusion of people like me, the LBTQI community, but the Church finally came to a place of inclusion. Today, I am free to marry a same sex couple in a state where such marriages are legal. And sent back tot he Presbyterieis is a new wording of marriage, which includes the traditional one man one woman, but also "two people."

In reading some of the responses from the conservative voices in the Church, I'm a little taken aback, though I expected it. While it was painful to hear people argue on the floor of General Assembly we should study this again, one more time, I was also sad to read that such unions--like mine--would seem to be either an abomination (thanks Leviticus...helps a lot), or is simply not in line with the Gospel (at least according to a skewed reading of Paul, though Jesus never says anything).  It was these voices that I allowed to speak to me that pushed me deep into the closet and keep me there for the first 40 years of my life.

In the words of MLK, Jr., today I'm free at last, free at last, thank God all might, I'm free at last.

And thanks GA of the PCUSA.

Pax!

B

Thursday, June 19, 2014

"You may now kiss one another"! Presbyterian Church (USA) Makes History: I can wed LGBTQ couples!



That about sums it up: today, the Presbyterian Church (USA) said that, at my discretion, I can wed same sex couples in states where it is allowed, including the DC area.

Here's the link: http://137.117.100.210/local/region/2014/06/19/Presbyterian-Church-USA-will-allow-same-sex-marriages/stories/201406190320#ixzz357TB9WGK

Pax!

B

Monday, June 16, 2014

PCUSA debating marriage equality


Hey!  Go to this link and watch what my denomination is saying and thinking and feeling (or not saying) today in Detroit during our General Assembly:

Here's the link: http://www.mlp.org/2014/06/11/follow-mlp-general-assembly/

Pax, B