February 24th, 2004

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Mardigras and Links

Happy Mardigras everybody! Have some beads, some king cake, and a paczki or two. Mine was apple-filled, with cinnamon, although I mostly only ate the middle.

I really liked this article, which is an entertaining solution to the whole gay marriage issue.

Hundreds of confused but vocal protesters lined the street outside the statehouse Monday night, waving both American and rainbow flags. Their chants, which broke out in pockets up and down the street, included, "Hey hey, ho ho, homophobia's got to go, but frankly, this is fucked up" ... Others held signs that read, "On Second Thought, Boston Christians Are Willing To Consider A Compromise."

To be honest, all of the fuss confuses me. With people dying every day of hunger and exposure, with children shooting other children, with war, and poverty, and illiteracy, and teenage pregnancy, and hundreds of other vital issues to worry about, why is the government getting so uptight about who can marry who? I think it's a beautiful thing, an extraordinarily lucky thing, if a person has found another person they want to spend the rest of their life with. No matter what gender either may be. So let them marry, and use your time and money funding inner-city schools or doing something else useful instead.

While I'm linking links, here is one that made me smile. I hope sherdeb in particular will get a kick out of it, if she hasn't seen it before.