Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Too Many Church and N.C. Events to Count?!

A re-cap of a day of decisions made around the Church and the State of NC:

* The Rev. Janie Spahr, who married two women, was found not guilty of marrying two women because (I think I got this straight), this was not considered a "wedding" because it did not involve one man and one woman, the Presbyterian Church (USA) definition of a wedding and marriage.

"It found that Spahr, who conducted two same-gender marriages in 2004 and 2005, could not be “found guilty of doing that which, by definition, cannot be done.”

The ruling reverses a decision by the PJC of the Synod of the Pacific, which on appeal had ordered the PJC of Redwoods Presbytery to “rebuke” Spahr for conducting the ceremonies after the presbytery’s court had found her “not guilty.”

“The ceremonies that are the subject of this case were not marriages as the term is defined by W-4.9001” [of the church’s constitution], the court held. That provision defines marriage as between a man and a woman."

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* Democratic Senatorial candidate, Jim Neal, a native Carolinian who recently moved back to NC from NYC, did not get the endorsement of the Human Rights Campaign, nor money from the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund.

Curious: why would HRC and the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund not support an out-gay, Democratic candidate? Jim has said that he is running for all North Carolinians, gay and straight, bisexual, transgender, and queer questioning?

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* Governor Mike Easley of NC used the anti-gay slur, "pansy" in describing Hillary Clinton as a candidate, saying that "she makes Rocky Balboa look like a pansy." Governor Mike! You made yourself a laughing stock in the LGBTQ community: thanks! No, really: thanks a lot!


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What a day!?

Peace, Brett

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