The U.S. and Greenland

Equality

Marriage Equality

As of June 26, 2015:

To date: 23 countries have legalized same-sex marriage: Argentina (2010), Belgium (2003), Brazil (2013), Canada (nationwide 2005), Denmark (2012), Finland (eff. 2017) France (2013), Greenland (Oct. 2015) Iceland (2010), Ireland (eff. TBD) Luxembourg (2015), Mexico (nationwide, eff. TBD) Netherlands (2001), New Zealand (2013), Norway (2009), Portugal (2010), Slovenia (eff. TBD), South Africa (2006), Spain (2005), Sweden (2009), Uruguay (2013), Untied Kingdom (England and Wales, 2014), United States and territories (nationwide 2015).   ~LGBTQ Nation

This year, the US Supreme Court took up the case of Obergefell vs Hodges, and same sex marriage became legal in all 50 states and the territories.  We stand shoulder to shoulder with many other nations, including Greenland!

Stage right, enter Kim Davis of Rowan County, Kentucky.  (First syllable of Rowan rhymes with “how.”)  She is the county clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples because it violated her “religious freedom.”  A judge threw her in jail for contempt of court.  Now that the clerk’s office has begun issuing licenses, Davis has been released on the proviso that she does not interfere with licenses being issued for same sex couples.  Former governor of Arkansas and presidential contender, Mike Huckabee, used the occasion to make a media splash.  We’ll see what happens next….

I am a huge supporter of religious freedom, but it should not be a cover for homophobia and bigoted attitudes.  Well, one can have their attitudes, but one cannot use those attitudes to abrogate the rule of law and deny other citizens their equal rights.  Religious freedom belongs to Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, and Wiccans, as well as Christians.

Charee Stanley is a flight attendant for ExpressJet.  She was suspended recently for refusing to serve alcohol to passengers because it violated her religious freedom.

After defending Kentucky clerk Kim Davis’ refusal to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) on Wednesday would not say whether a Muslim flight attendant should be able to deny alcohol to passengers on a flight.  ~TPM LiveWire

That’s what I’m talking about!!  I was listening to a program on NPR this morning, and I heard the most compelling argument.  What if a Quaker refused to sell a gun to a hunter in a red state because of her belief in pacifism?

No one is asking Davis herself to marry a woman!  She’s only being asked to do the job she was employed to do at some $80,000 per year.  We’ve heard similar reasoning back in the day when interracial marriage was still illegal.  This is why we have the Supreme Court, and the Court has made its ruling.  Time to get on the bandwagon and join hands with Greenland!

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2 Responses to The U.S. and Greenland

  1. maggyann says:

    I aint commenting on the same sex marriage guff because I dont want to but as a Plutonian living in Britain and trying to understand Earth thingies I have to say I was under the impression that this woman was elected to her position, not employed as such but elected, so surely that means a lot of people support her stance?
    Yes people’s freedoms are important of course they are but that has to include the freedom of people who don’t agree with you (in the general sense of the word you) saying so and standing up for their principles just the same as it means you (in the general sense again) have the right to disagree too and stand up for yours.
    Heh heh I do like to be controversial now and then we Plutonians always do. x

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