Apollo as god

In mythology, Apollo is one of the most important and many-sided of the Olympian deities. Apollo has been variously recognized as a god of light and the sun; truth and prophecy; archery; medicine and healing; music, poetry, and the arts. (from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo )

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Sunday, June 7, 2009

So, Just What is the True Definition of Marriage?

by James Nimmo

(OKLAHOMA CITY) As a semi-professional musician I provided music at the same-gender marriage recently of two friends of mine, the latest ceremony of uncountable services I've played. I'm also a committed atheist and rather hard-boiled when it comes to asking for divine intervention, as well as the invention, of sky-oriented deities for whatever reason. I support everyone's private pursuit of their interests in accordance with the First Amendment as long as infringement of my own legally supported rights isn't involved.

There was no doubt of the sincerity of the participants in this religious ceremony. There were prayers, vestments, and liturgy common to any other Christian denomination marriage ceremony. Had you been blindfolded and dropped into this touchingly simple outdoor service, uncoached and uninformed, you would not have been able to distinguish this wedding from the thousands being conducted in the rest of the country on any Saturday afternoon.

Jaded as I am about religion, I did get a little misty-eyed when the minister spoke of the hands being held by the two grooms. As these ceremonies of commitment go the hope is always for a devoted and determined future of mutual and exclusive support through a lifetime of as many years as our genetic destiny will give us. He described these hands as they are now, young and strong brushing away tears of joy and sorrow, touching in moments of intimacy, and when old and wrinkled they will still be the hands we want touching us in times of need.

I view myself as a married man with a partner of 32 years, and I can identify with the sentiments and intentions the minister outlined in his sermon. By what fiat of bigoted ignorance can anyone deny me and millions of other gay and Lesbian Americans this legal right of marriage just because the gender of the two people is the same, choosing to share their bounty and their concerns for as long as they're able, be it one year or hopefully a long lifetime? How is that any different from what opposite-gendered people choose to do?

To answer my own title, I think marriage is the ability of two responsible people committed to each other, with a seriousness of purpose, for as long as they are able, to honestly maintain the relationship--with or without the imprimatur of religion.

At one time I was a proponent of going after the recognition of our gay/lesbian equality one right at a time. But at approximately 1,400 individual rights bestowed with a completed marriage license, there aren't enough years for even Methuselah to see the success of the movement. I now see that only a dedicated Federal lawsuit, such as the one being brought by Ted Olson and David Boies (http://tinyurl.com/q6hvjp), will give us the true definition of marriage we gay and Lesbian citizens need to live our lives with the choice so casually enjoyed by straights.

1 comment:

  1. June 12, 2009
    Equality California | www.eqca.org

    Dear Rex

    Tonight, California Attorney General Jerry Brown filed a brief in support of the federal lawsuit seeking to overturn Proposition 8 and restore marriage equality to California.

    In stark contrast to President Obama's Justice Department filing a brief defending the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act, California's Attorney General Jerry Brown today filed a brief in support of a federal challenge to Proposition 8. Equality California is extremely appreciative of the Attorney General's continued leadership in opposition to Proposition 8 and in support of ending discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Californians.

    Governor Schwarzenegger is expected to file his brief soon. We urge him to take the same principled stance and tell the Court that Prop. 8 violates the Constitution.

    The time has come for all elected leaders to follow Jerry Brown's example and stand up for equality for all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

    Equality California will continue our position of not endorsing or supporting any candidate for any level of public office who does not completely and unequivocally support total equality for our community.

    In solidarity,
    Geoff Kors
    Executive Director
    Equality California

    Equality California is dedicated to achieving equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Californians.

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