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Tue, Jan. 6th, 2009, 09:27 am
mellowknees: The Awesomest Church

I really admire the Reverend Pam Shepherd of the United Congregational Church of Christ in Ashland, Oregon. Check this out:

Oregon church to stop signing marriage licenses


07:08 AM PST on Tuesday, January 6, 2009
ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The clergy at one Ashland church are refusing to sign marriage licenses until same-sex couples can legally tie the knot.

The Rev. Pam Shepherd and three retired clergy members who attend the Congregational United Church of Christ will still perform weddings. For the license, however, couples will have to see a judge or justice of the peace.

Shepherd told the Ashland Daily Tidings she made the decision after realizing that by signing the licenses she was inadvertently giving her approval to discrimination.

"Every time I sign a license, it's like I'm saying, 'OK,' but it's not OK," she said.

Shepherd said she signed about five marriage licenses last year.

The clergy's decision was announced last week with unanimous support from the Church Council to a congregation that is overwhelmingly straight, Shepherd said.

Her sermon on Sunday focused on marriage equality.

"I know a lot of other ministers in the community will disagree with us, but it grows out of our faithful reading of the Bible and our attempt to follow Jesus," she said. "For us, it's a faith issue. It's not just a political stand."

Connecticut and Massachusetts are the only states that permit gay marriage. A few states, including Oregon, allow civil unions or domestic partnerships that grant some rights of marriage.

Charles Harlow, one of the church's retired clergy members, said the issue of same-sex marriage is about justice and equality.

"And I'm not against love," he added. "I think we need more of it in the world, not less, and people shouldn't be beating other people over the head because they like a person that is the same gender they are." 


 



Link to the original article on KGW.com.

Link to the church's website, in case you want to send them an email and give them a "hoorah!" for what they're doing.


I just love it when I see a church standing up for equal rights for ALL PEOPLE.  I really wish this wasn't such a rare thing.

Tue, Dec. 23rd, 2008, 12:02 pm
mellowknees: Happy Wookiee Life Day!




Remember THIS?

Fri, Dec. 19th, 2008, 11:53 am
mellowknees: happy holidays!


www.garfieldminusgarfield.net

Wed, Dec. 17th, 2008, 05:45 pm
fletcherism73: Obama as a young man...

Here he is:






Here's more info: http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1866765,00.html


can i vote for him again please?

Wed, Dec. 17th, 2008, 02:48 pm
mellowknees: Hilariousness!

I love The Onion!

Here is a great article from today:

Typo In Proposition 8 Defines Marriage As Between 'One Man And One Wolfman'

December 17, 2008 | Issue 44•51
 

SACRAMENTO, CA—Activists on both sides of the gay marriage debate were shocked this November, when a typographical error in California's Proposition 8 changed the state constitution to restrict marriage to a union between "one man and one wolfman," instantly nullifying every marriage except those comprised of an adult male and his lycanthrope partner. "The people of California made their voices heard today, and reaffirmed our age-old belief that the only union sanctioned in God's eyes is the union between a man and another man possessed by an ungodly lupine curse," state Sen. Tim McClintock said at a hastily organized rally celebrating passage of the new law. But opponents, including Bakersfield resident Patricia Millard—who is now legally banned from marrying her boyfriend, a human, non-wolfman male—claim it infringes on their civil liberties. "I love James just as much as a wolfman loves his husband," Millard said. "We deserve the same rights as any horrifying mythical abomination." On the heels of the historic typo, voters in Utah passed a similar referendum a week later, defining marriage as between one man and 23 wolfmen.

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This piece is part of The Onion's complete Our Annual Year: 2008 A.D. coverage.

Wed, Dec. 17th, 2008, 02:38 pm
mellowknees: Is it just me...

...or is this the most disconcerting, creepy, and just all-around WRONG "Santa Claus" you have ever seen?



I mean...what were they thinking? 

Do you guys find this creepy, too, or am I over-reacting?


Tue, Dec. 16th, 2008, 04:34 pm
mellowknees: Did you guys see this?

I just checked my LJ messages - here's a part of one of the LJ messages that I thought was pretty cool.  I know that alot of us check UK news sources to find out what's going on in the US...thanks American Journalists!....and now you can comment on stuff from The Independent within LiveJournal - kinda cool, huh?



Independent Minds at LiveJournal

We're very pleased to announce that our global footprint just got a little bigger with the launch of Independent Minds, our new partnership with The Independent, one of the UK's leading newspapers. At Independent Minds you can find original journals from the reporters at The Independent, where they discuss their stories, share behind-the-scenes insights, and engage directly with Independent readers and LJ users. Have an opinion about a story? Now you can comment about it directly on the journalist's journal. You can read what The Independent has to say about this new partnership here.

This marks our first attempt to engage on the ground in the UK. In addition to Independent Minds, we have launched </a></font></b></a>lj_uk, a new official community to hear directly from the thousands of LJers in the UK. Our partnership with The Independent is our main area of focus now and we'll have more features to add soon. We look forward to hearing from you about other ideas and suggestions you might have for enhancing LJ in the UK.

Tue, Dec. 16th, 2008, 04:29 pm
mellowknees: Oh the coolness!!!!

Okay, I hardly ever have time for crafting anymore....but I just might have to make time - check out the coolness of this craft blog:

http://dollarstorecrafts.com/

There are some really awesome, simple, and CHEAP craft ideas here. 

Just what I need...another rackin' frackin' reason to go to the Dollar Store!!!

Wed, Dec. 10th, 2008, 08:51 am
mellowknees: Check THIS out!

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