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Newt Gingrich Explains Why Marriage Equality Should Be Legal (without meaning to)

On January 25th, Newt Gingrich held a conference call for some of his religious supporters. During the call, Newt was explaining why the Religious Right should be supporting him for President. Interestingly enough, Newt brought up an idea that I had years ago about marriage equality, but I have neither the money nor the connections to pursue this idea. The following is a quote from that call.

It’s pretty simple: marriage is between a man and a woman. This is a historic doctrine driven deep into the Bible, both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament, and it’s a perfect example of what I mean by the rise of paganism. The effort to create alternatives to marriage between a man and a woman are perfectly natural pagan behaviors, but they are a fundamental violation of our civilization.

You may have stopped reading that quote during the first or second sentence. If you did, please go back and read the entire quote. Believe me, it will be worth the bile that forms whenever you think of Newt talking about marriage rights. Go on. Read the whole quote. Continue reading

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Circumcision: Health Issue or Genital Mutilation

There is a proposal in the great, liberal city of San Francisco to ban circumcision in males under the age of 18. Proponents of the ban call circumcision “male genital mutilation” and think adult males should make this decision for themselves, after they turn 18. Opponents of the ban call this an invasion of privacy, a violation of constitutional rights and an attack on a long held religious ceremony.

What do you think? Read the article from 365gay below.

(San Francisco) A proposal to ban the circumcision of male children in San Francisco has been cleared to appear on the November ballot, setting the stage for the nation’s first public vote on what has long been considered a private family matter.

But even in a city with a long-held reputation for pushing boundaries, the measure is drawing heavy fire. Opponents are lining up against it, saying a ban on a religious rite considered sacred by Jews and Muslims is a blatant violation of constitutional rights.

Elections officials confirmed Wednesday the initiative had qualified for the ballot with more than 7,700 valid signatures from city residents. Initiatives must have at least 7,168 names to qualify.

If the measure passes, circumcision would be prohibited among males under the age of 18. The practice would become a misdemeanor offense punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 or up to one year in jail. There would be no religious exemptions.

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