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♫Alas for you, Christians and Republicans, Hypocrites that you be....♫ - Blather. Rants. Repeat.
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♫Alas for you, Christians and Republicans, Hypocrites that you be....♫

It's saddening, and yet affirming, to see these stories of the changing world and how the allegedly God-fearing (mostly) men of the religious and political right get themselves into such pickles as it changes.

The first is from a bit afar:

Judge Carl Ginsberg presided over two ceremonies its participants believe are the first, legal gay marriage in Texas.

Two couples said their “I-do’s” and all four people consider themselves female.  But one member of each couple has had their gender changed surgically from male to female.

“On all of my information, it still says male,” said Ashely Boucher. “So, legally I’m still male in the state of Texas. My presentation would suggest otherwise.  But my documentation says that I can marry Genevieve no questions asked.

“If you were born male and became female through being transgendered or having a gender reassignment surgery, they consider you to be biologically male,” said UTA political science professor Thomas Marshall.

The couples struggled to find clerks and judges who would cooperate with the marriages trying as many as 17 courts according to one of the participants, Genevieve Jonte.

“The lady at the clerk said, ‘But you two are women’,” said Jonte.  ”And we said, “Well, here are our documents.  Can you give us a license?’   And they didn’t know what to say.  A lot of closing the blinds.

The Rude Pundit also interviewed one of the celebrants from the other M-now-unofficially-F-marrying-F couple, who also ran into a "blind" problem. Well, more than one kind of blind:

So we went to a JP court where we were told a judge would marry us, thinking that his clerks understood that the 'M' [for male] on my birth certificate meant I could marry someone with an 'F' on theirs. Apparently, they didn’t get the memo. Within minutes of us being there, all the window blinds were drawn shut, save for the occasional peek and gawking. Then a clerk swore up and down that JJ had been here before and been turned down, only to come back with a different hair color and a different partner just to ‘get one over’ on her. (One thing you should never do is call my wife 'a liar' and go so far as to suggest she just dyed her hair to commit some sort of fraud. Hell, her roots were slightly showing.) Still, we were informed that the DA ‘was onto us’ in hopes that we would simply go away and not be her problem.

"That’s when my wife pointed out that we were, in the eyes of the law, an opposite sex couple because the law only cared about how I was born. Apparently, talking slow and pointing out the letter of the law confuses them, as the clerks there said that they would only let me marry a man. I really wanted to point out that she would be violating the constitutional ‘definition’ of marriage because two penises touching makes their Baby Jesus cry. We were told we’d have to go to the JP office in downtown Dallas, and hinted that she’d happily call the police to help us leave in matching handcuffs.

Happily, they did find their way to a judge who understands both statutory and constitutional law, and there are now two more committed relationships in the books. Strike a win against premarital sex, yo.


Then, closer to home, there's this, from the head of the Jamestown (New York) city council. Jamestown is perhaps most famous these days as the birthplace of Lucille Ball, which the burg derives significant tourism income from. Councilman Rabb submitted a letter to the Jamestown paper, which included the following:

Marriage equality went into effect almost two and a half years ago [in New York]. During that time it has been my pleasure as a City Marriage Officer to perform sometimes as many as 10 same-sex marriages per week. Couples have come to Jamestown from as many as 20 different states and every continent in the world. My goal was to make Jamestown a same-sex marriage destination and we have succeeded.

Couples stay in hotels, eat at restaurants, and reserve local venues for receptions including the Lucy-Desi Museum. Doing what is right has been good for business without the city having to spend a dime on promotion but relying on word of mouth.

Every couple has remarked to me how friendly everyone in Jamestown has been and how warmly they have been received resorting in referrals to their friends to get married in Jamestown by an openly gay city councilman.

In addition, we have been fighting poverty by waiving my fee and asking the couples to donate to St. Susan’s Center, our local soup kitchen, providing hundreds of meals each week to Jamestown residents in need. The couples have been very generous writing checks in 100, 200, and 300 dollar amountsall out of state money. I drop hundreds of dollars off to St. Susan’s each week without them having to do anything other than continuing their good work.

(And yes, I checked, and I do not believe St. Susan's is Catholic or, for that matter, a ministry of any particular denomination. But then, neither is mine;)

As you might expect, the cries went up from the desert of doom over this news.  Spake one of the local fundie pastors:

Frankly, this is offensive, as well as an abuse of office. Again, who authorized our Council President to pursue this goal? Nobody. And it’s questionable whether his self-appointed social experiment is really reaping any economic benefits to the city and surrounding area.

But even if there were financial benefits shouldn’t there be some discussion as to whether we want to pursue this route to economic gain? In Lakewood, there’s discussion as to whether an adult porn shop should be granted permission to do business. No doubt one argument in favor of the porno store is that it helps grow the local business economy, but an argument against it would be the many negative social consequences, such as its potential harmful effects on families, youth, etc. Rabb seems to bypass all discussion in his crusade by using his office to promote Jamestown as a gay marriage headquarters. He says he’s “doing good” and “doing what is right.” Says whom? What’s next, an annual Jamestown gay pride parade with drag queens and transgenders celebrating their perversity? Wouldn’t that generate revenue? Or how about opening up a few gay bathhouses? Surely these would attract more people to Jamestown and boost local businesses.

No thank you. Greg Rabb’s vision for Jamestown is to make it into a gaudy, cheap and tawdry Pottersville. And that’s not “A Wonderful Life.”

Hmmm. The Reverend does spend a lot of time watching campy old films, methinks.  Then came this:

When a nation founded on God’s principles and greatly blessed by Him turns to brazen rebellion, we know what happens. Old Testament history and prophets’ writings record the glaring example of Israel.

Billy Graham recently said “Self-centered indulgence, pride, and a lack of shame over sin are now emblems of the American lifestyle. Our society strives to avoid the possibility of offending anyone – except God.”

Ruth Graham once remarked, “If God doesn’t punish America, He’ll have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah” (see Matthew 11:20-24). Sodom and Gomorrah were prideful, materialistic, and “gave themselves over to sexual immorality and pursued unnatural lust” – becoming a byword through the ages for homosexuality. God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah with a fiery cataclysm; they were never rebuilt. See Genesis 19, Ezekiel 16:49-50, 2 Peter 2:6, Jude 7.

That writer then threatens his home town with a similar fate. Um, I've been to Jamestown, dude. Ain't much left God can do to smite it that He hasn't done already.

Besides, they are all correct in one respect. After all, as the Stanford Band once explained during halftime of a football game with BYU, the Bible makes clear that marriage is ordained by God as being limited to between a man and a woman.... and a woman, and a woman, and a woman, and a woman....

If they really want to go back to Old Testament principles in the J, maybe they'll have to rename the tourist attraction to the "I Love Lucies" Museum.

They are all going to look back and realize how stupid they all were. Or at least we will.

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