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Fri Nov 16, 2012, 10:49 AM

Beautiful gem for this morning!

I live in Washington state, where one week ago the voters passed the initiative supporting marriage equality.

This morning I received an invitation to the wedding of my boss, a local lady lawyer, and her partner, a local geriatric physician, in December, at our Unitarian fellowship!

Both these women are fairly high profile in our medium-sized (conservative!) town. They have been together for 20 or more years. Moved here from out of state a few years ago. They are trying to adopt, but having difficulty.

Some of the scariest stories I recall from my own youth, were stories of homosexuals (the vernacular of the time) who were blackmailed or otherwise threatened to be outed because of their sexuality. I know there were - and still are - suicides, because of this gender identity.

I am so proud and gratified that in my lifetime these stories are becoming only tragic relics of a previous mindset, gone and going the way of other useless, extinct, modes.




*Side note: and now I just heard on MSNBC the first Unitarian has been elected to Congress! Sheesh...didn't know we were considered so non-mainstream!

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cilla4progress Nov 2012 OP
Cracklin Charlie Nov 2012 #1
Kath1 Nov 2012 #2
cilla4progress Nov 2012 #3
IADEMO2004 Nov 2012 #4
cilla4progress Nov 2012 #6
SteveG Nov 2012 #5
cilla4progress Nov 2012 #7
IADEMO2004 Nov 2012 #8

Response to cilla4progress (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 10:59 AM

1. I share your pride!

I really can't believe that I am getting to see acceptance and tolerance happen in real time. I wish my parents, Southern white civil rights supporters, were here to see this. But I'm sure they would remind me that the fight is never over, and encourage us to always remain vigilant.

The things they must have seen...

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Response to cilla4progress (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 11:07 AM

2. That is indeed a beautiful gem!

We passed marriage equality here in Maryland also!

"I am so proud and gratified that in my lifetime these stories are becoming only tragic relics of a previous mindset, gone and going the way of other useless, extinct, modes." Me, too. Veeery long overdue.

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Response to Kath1 (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 11:19 AM

3. What will really be great

will be the day when I am not thinking how courageous they are to be so visible in their love for one another.

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Response to cilla4progress (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 11:23 AM

4. 4 Unitarian Presidents and none in congress?

John Adams
John Quincy Adams
Millard Fillmore
William Howard Taft

5 if you count Jefferson




http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religious_affiliations_of_Presidents_of_the_United_States

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Response to IADEMO2004 (Reply #4)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 11:35 AM

6. Oy

ok so MSNBC so blew that, or maybe I didn't hear it clearly.

Thanks for the edification!

Too bad on Taft though ...

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Response to cilla4progress (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 11:25 AM

5. John Adams 2nd President of the U.S. was a Unitarian

As was John Calhoun, as were Millard Fillmore, William Howard Taft and John Quincy Adams. Thomas Jefferson was a nominal Episcopalian but his religious views were pretty much Unitarian.

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Response to SteveG (Reply #5)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 11:44 AM

7. Check this out

Your posts caused me to research - Paul Douglas; heard of but didn't know much about him.


http://www25.uua.org/uuhs/duub/articles/pauldouglas.html

Great guy - where is he now (i.e., we could use leaders like this now!)

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Response to cilla4progress (Reply #7)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 12:16 PM

8. Great link to a great guy.

edification returned. Thanks

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