Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Patchwork Marriage Rights - U.S. and U.K.

  The U.S. isn't the only country/entity that's patchwork over allowing gay marriage. The U.K. is the same way. England and Wales have it. Scotland does not (although part of the U.K.).
    The U.K. legalized same-sex marriage. It goes into effect in England and Wales (not Ireland or Scotland) on March 29, 2014.
   As for Scotland- Legislation to introduce same-sex marriage in Scotland was approved in principle by parliament, after MSPs voted on it for the first time. The Scottish government's Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill passed the first of three parliamentary hurdles by 98 votes to 15 with five abstentions. Ministers said the move was the right thing to do, but the Church of Scotland and Catholic Church are opposed. (OF COURSE).
  On Dec. 20th, attempts to amend gay marriage legislation to provide further "protections" (HA!) for those who are opposed to it on religious grounds have been rejected by a Holyrood
    It's as screwy as the U.S. Allowed in England and Wales, not allowed in Scotland and Ireland.  Can't everyone just do the right thing and let adult, gay couples in love get married to obtain all the legal protections a marriage can offer?  Someone's marriage does NOT affect the marriage of anyone else. I don't get all this stupidity, and don't even get me started on the backwards Uganda or Russia. UGH.
   SO, WHICH ARE THE MOST BIGOTED U.S. STATES? 
    In terms of the U.S. - the stupid, yes, STUPID, "red" states that have gone to the extreme and banned gay marriage in their state's constitution include  AL, AR, AZ, AK, CO, FL, GA, ID, KY, KS,  LA, MI, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA and WI.
  SO, if you live in any of those hateful, ignorant states, it's going to be a long time before you see marriage equality. Basically, all of the old, hateful conservatives need to die off, so the much more accepting and caring younger generation can make it happen.

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

Great Books by our friends

Great Books by our friends
Check out these great books (yeah, Rob's are in there, too)

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next

Podcast of Rob's 50 min. interview on Paranormal Filler Radio 7/13/14