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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Dear Abby is for Gay Marriage

Another champion of Sexual Literacy surfaced today - although many suspected as much. Jeanne Phillips (a.k.a. "Dear Abby") say it as straight (ha!) as possible: "I support gay marriage." The columnist whose writing appears in 1,400 newspapers is not afraid of backlash and believes that "if two people want to commit to each other, God bless 'em. That is the highest form of commitment, for heaven's sake."

Dear Abby is being honored by PFLAG this week through its "Straight for Equality" award. I can't try to compete with Abby's eloquent phrases, so I will just quote them below.
  • Accepting the status quo is not always the best thing to do. Women were once considered chattel, and slavery was regarded as sanctioned in the Bible. However, western society grew to recognize that neither was just. Canada, Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain have recognized gay marriage, and one day, perhaps, our country will, too.
  • Something civil unions and domestic partnerships would be less threatening to people who feel marriage is just a religious rite. I think anything less than full marriage amounts to second-class citizenship.
  • If gay Americans are not allowed to get married and have all the benefits that American citizens are entitled to by the Bill of Rights, they should get one hell of a tax break.
  • Include the photos, of course [of a transgender relative in the family album]. Silence is the enemy. Answer any questions the kids have honestly - Uncle John was born with a body of the wrong sex, so even when he was called Jane he was really John inside.
It is so great to hear call for equality and acceptance from such mainstream voice.


  • Homosexuality is only about sex. It's about behavior and actions. You cannot even compare it to Heterosexuality because sexual organs are designed for procreation. So if you believe in GOD, then homosexuality is wrong. If you believe in evolution, Homosexuality is wrong. All sex is voluntary unless its rape, so being gay is a choice. Don't believe me? Check out your local prison or do we just happen by luck to be locking up Homosexuals.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Tue Oct 09, 06:05:00 PM PDT  

  • It is not about sex, it is about sharing a life as a couple. Homosexuals do not have sex 24 hours a day. They do other things together as a 'unit'. Do heterosexual couples only come together for sex? No, they function in support of each other just as a homosexual couple does.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Oct 10, 06:20:00 AM PDT  

  • Hmm I always understood rape to be about power and dominance, rather than the act of sex. Especially in prison situations.

    So, I don't your understand the comparison of choosing to be gay and being in prison-maybe that's just me...to me rape does not = sex and if homosexuality is all about sex than I guess I lost you there.

    On the gay marriage tip, I'm for it but I also think it's being used as a distraction from much bigger social issues such as the growing schism between the rich and poor, the war, global warming, homophobia in the schools, etc....

    The fact that millions of dollars are being spent on TV commercials trying to convince people to support gay marriage is crazy to me...wouldn't that money be better spent supporting comprehensive sexuality education in the schools, or to help combat racism and homophobia...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Oct 10, 09:11:00 AM PDT  

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