reaching back to change- Guest Blogger: Glamma

By GLAMMA

It seems amazing to me that one of the most misquoted verses of the bible comes from Matthew 7:1 “Judge not that ye be not judged.”

These days that is exactly what we are doing. It comes from the press; it comes from the media, inundating the masses with twisted conversations, over-blown quotes, and sensationalized stories. Is it human nature that makes us so damn quick to judge?

I hate to pull out of the pages of scripture, but if one really wants to get down to the nit and grit, quoting from verses, why isn’t the following stated more often?

“Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? And if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?” (1 Cor 6:2)

Proposition 8 is one topic that needs to be addressed. There are other areas of the world that have already “come to terms” with the whole “idea” of gay and lesbian unions. Internationally, Denmark was the first country to legalize same sex partnerships in 1989. It was only a few more years when Norway, Sweden, Iceland, and France followed in the same footsteps as Denmark. Later, in 2001 the first country to legalize same sex marriages was the Netherlands, followed by Belgium in 2003 and Spain in 2005. In Canada, the provinces of British Columbia and Ontario legalized same-sex marriages in 2003, with numerous other provinces following in 2004. By June 29, 2005, the Canadian parliament passed a bill legalizing gay marriages throughout the country. The countries that offer legal status, sometimes known as registered partnership, that confers most or all spousal rights to same-sex couples are the following: Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Norway, Sweden. The countries that offer a legal status, sometimes known as unregistered cohabitation, that confers certain spousal rights to same-sex couples (and, in some of these countries, unmarried opposite-sex couples): Brazil, Canada, Croatia, France, Hungary, Israel, New Zealand, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland.

Why does change have to be so hard for the world? 2008 we have been given the opportunity of change. Equal rights will only be achieved if your voices can be heard. One voice cannot change the world, but two can harmonize, a group can be a choir, and the masses can be the voices of change.

The late 50’s to the late 60’s were a period in American history when Americans stood together to change thoughts and ideas, what was being said and done, and what needed to change. It is time to join together and raise our hands in protest. Equal rights will only be achieved if your voices can be heard. My American friends I stand and support – you WILL have the rights that we all deserve.

Much Love and Light! Namasté.
XxGlammaxX.

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13 Responses

  1. YAY! A blog post from Glamma! Certainly if THIS day came, equal rights for ALL people will come to America one day!

  2. I’m with Linda, they will come one day! A friend was telling me that it might be years before people will “get” it, I sure hope it won’t take a whole new generation before it happens! I think there is more HOPE now than there ever was. Go Glamma!

  3. great post, glamma! jeeeesh..america needs to freaking get with it! equal rights for ALL…

  4. Excellent post, G-Man. We’ll get there soon, and after we do we will help the next group that is targeted.

  5. me thinks the pseudo christians have shot themselves in the foot. none of us are willing to go back to a hitler-esque time. below this poem for lack of a better word has always haunted me and as a result – i cannot seem to keep my mouth shut. when people are treated unfairly – illegally – i am not really worried that someone will come for me – i just feel we are the keepers of our fellow humans and wrong is wrong and i well – along with others are not going to allow this to happen.

    When the Nazis came for the communists,
    I remained silent;
    I was not a communist.

    When they locked up the social democrats,
    I remained silent;
    I was not a social democrat.

    When they came for the trade unionists,
    I did not speak out;
    I was not a trade unionist.

    When they came for the Jews,
    I remained silent;
    I wasn’t a Jew.

    When they came for me,
    there was no one left to speak out.

    and so it goes – we will NOT walk away silently and let our brothers and sisters be abused in this manner.

    off of my soap box for tonite…!!!

  6. I sometimes wonder where the spirit of the 60s went. We could certainly use her now.

  7. Oddly, these latest setbacks give me hope. Those mired in fear and hate have, once again, gone too far. Every time they’ve done that, it has given us an opening. It was just such an opening helped us to collectively lift up Obama to the Presidency last week.

    Prop Hate, in particular, may well result in giving us just the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case we need in order to get a federal decision acknowledging our humanity and our civil rights under the U.S. Constitution….

    Don’t forget, Obama taught Constitutional law for many years–his coming Supreme Court appointments are something I, for one, can hardly wait to see…

    The spirit of the ’60’s seems to be alive and well and on the rise again 😉 Obama has fanned new life into it. It’s up to each of us to feed that fire!

    Little Sun: I, too, have felt this way. It’s been amazing to see The People take to the streets. Long over due. I, too, am looking forward to see how Obama treats this. Jake

  8. I am hoping and praying for Prop 8 to get tossed. All fingers and toes crossed.

    Yesterday I attended a same-sex wedding. We all felt grateful to be in Canada.

  9. MOST excellent guest-post, Glamma!
    You ARE the light! Keep spreading it…!

  10. Excellent blog Glamma!! However in the list of countries you forgot to add the United Kingdom! The UK recognises registered same-sex civil partnerships and full equal rights for that partnership, however they are still debating the rights to full marriage recognition! This all came about because of a British couple who came over to Canada to get married once same sex marriage became law here. They fought the UK laws on recognition of marriages performed in other countries and eventually because of that fight they finally were granted a civil union recognition and thus the law as it now stands.
    I simply don’t understand why it’s such a big problem for any country!
    I sincerely hope that Obama will help change these archaic laws. He gives me hope for change in many ways. Wasn’t it Pierre Elliot Trudeau who said that ” Government has no place in the bedrooms of the nation”?! What took them so long to listen, and why don’t other countries “get it”!

  11. It is funny how American’s have lost their nerve to really get out there and protest. There seems to be such a period of complacency amongst people. That things will happen without getting too involved. Obviously, this is not the case. Thankfully, the many that voted in this past election are seeing that you do have a voice.

    I do not understand, and will likely never; the ideas of people attempting to admonish others for being different. These particular groups against gay marriage who hide behind a pulpit or bible should be ashamed of themselves. Do they really understand the ideals of doing good or making the world a better place.

    I love how they sit in their churches, and throw their money down the tubes to support negativity! Yet, their leaders always seem to fall from grace. Whether it be with a hooker, drunk driving, or stealing the churches money. OH WAIT, that’s okay though! They made a mistake, and get terribly angry when judged by those who “DO NOT UNDERSTAND THEM”. Typical!

    Change is coming, slowly; but it is coming! I

    Love the guest blog! Totally light Glamma!!!!

    XO
    B

  12. Jaaake, is that you with the pink in your hair?

    One of the reasons I’m in England is because gay relationships are recognized over here. We can even adopt children as a couple. And, two mothers can also be on their child’s birth certificate if the biological father signs over his legal rights. It is not going to be fun coming back home to no legal protection in the USA. My partner will only be able to come for a visit – for no longer than three months according to rules of immigration. It sucks – not being able to live in your own country with your own family. I guess visiting will have to be enough for now. 😦

  13. I love your post Glamma!!!! And I totally agree!!! I’m kind of in the pissed off and disappointed mode now….but change will come in time here in the states….I have to believe that!

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