Certain Christians just love citing Leviticus 20:13 from the Bible to justify their homophobia:
If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
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Via NPR Science Friday on Twitter: a gay penguin couple stole eggs from straight couples in a zoo, replacing the eggs with rocks so the theft wouldn't be noticed right away. That's what certain people must have meant when they claim that gay marriage would destroy family life. Gay couples will steal all of the straight couples' children, and in humans but unlike penguins, straight couples would be too dumb to notice that their children have been replaced by baby dolls!
Elections in California are less than a month away. Among the items on the ballot is Proposition 8, a proposed ban on gay marriage. If you are a Californian voter who is against such a ban and want to spread the word, then you might be interested in No On 8, a web site dedicated against Proposition 8. It explains what's in the proposition and why it should be voted against. There is also material you can use to show your support, and for those who can afford to do so and have the desire, you can also donate to the campaign.
Events sometimes tempt me to think that religious people, especially those in the priestly profession, blindly follow authority like sheep. But every once in a while, I hear a nice story which reminds me that deeply religious people can be as moral and ethical as any other person. After the start of same-sex marriages in California, certain clergy members are conflicted about not being allowed to preside over such ceremonies by their church. They look at the happiness from same-sex marriage ceremonies and would like to contribute to such happiness for other gay couples, but they can't because the rules laid down by their religion forbids it.
It's a good reminder that the deeply religious are not just motivated by what other people say about their religion, but also by an inner empathy and a morality influenced by society. I should always keep in mind that religious bigots do not speak for all of the religious.
A proposed constitutional amendment managed to get on the ballot. Considering that an initiative needs get more than half a million signatures to become a ballot measure, it's slightly depressing to think that so many people want to restrict the happiness of others. It would be understandable if gay marriages could bring harm to society, but there's no real reason why this would be so.
What's more depressing is that a measure to ban gay marriages actually passed in 2000. I'll be charitable and assume that this was only because the whole concept was so new that people couldn't get their head around it. I'm definitely going to vote against the proposed amendment, and I have a feeling a lot more people would be agreeing with me come this November than in 2000.