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Thu Aug 2, 2012, 06:20 PM

Fantastic short essay about Chick-fil-a

From the Owldolatrous Productions blog:


A sample:

Now, letís get to the nitty-gritty of things. Please read carefully. These things have been said before, but not by me, and not all in one place. Please read with an open mind. If you canít read with an open mind, please leave, take a minute, come back, and try again. If you canít do that, then please donít bother. Please read all of the words here, rather than just reading half of the argument and assuming you know what Iím saying. Read these words as they are written. Again, if you donít want to read my words, then donít continue.

So here goes:

1. This isnít simply about marriage. Shocker, right? Itís extremely frustrating that same-sex marriage is the great continental divide. People are judged according to how they stand on this issue, as if no other issue matters. Did you know that a person can be for same-sex marriage and still be homophobic? Did you know that a person can be against same-sex marriage and be gay? We all get categorized very quickly based on the marriage issue and maybe thatís not fair. But hereís what you should know:

- In 29 states in America today, my partner of 18 years, Cody, or I could be fired for being gay. Period. No questions asked. One of those states is Louisiana, our home state. We live in self-imposed exile from beloved homeland, family, and friends, in part, because of this legal restriction on our ability to live our lives together.

- In 75 countries in the world, being gay is illegal. In many, the penalty is life in prison. These are countries we canít openly visit. In 9 countries, being gay is punishable by death. In many others, violence against gays is tacitly accepted by the authorities. These are countries where we would be killed. Killed.

- Two organizations that work very hard to maintain this status quo and roll back any protections that we may have are the Family Research Council and the Marriage & Family Foundation. For example, the Family Research council leadership has officially stated that same-gender-loving behavior should be criminalized in this country. They draw their pay, in part, from the donations of companies like Chick-Fil-A. Both groups have also done ďmissionaryĒ work abroad that served to strengthen and promote criminalization of same-sex relations.

- Chick-Fil-A has given roughly $5M to these organizations to support their work.

- Chick-Fil-Aís money comes from the profits they make when you purchase their products.

He goes on for a few more excellent points. By and large the comments are very supportive, but even as clearly as he's put it, there are still some who -just don't get it!!-

This is also making the rounds on Facebook and Twitter.

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Thu Aug 2, 2012, 06:33 PM

1. Welcome to DU and kudos on a great first post (that I've seen).


My S.O. and I have both decided that "marriage" is a religious institution, and we don't belong to any church. What we want are those eeeevil secular benefits that come with a civil contract.

I like it legal, he's a good Catholic boy. A secular contract fits for both. If we were members of a church that was willing to marry us, we'd do that in a heartbeat.

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Response to DCKit (Reply #1)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 06:37 PM

2. Thank you!

I'm not new, but I've only begun posting recently. Long time lurker, etc...

My hubby and I live in Canada and are happily and legally married. He comes from Texas, and just received his Canadian citizenship in May!

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