Tradition. The word just seems to jump out from the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals decision (Nos. 14-1341/ 3057/ 3464/ 5291/ 5297/ 5818) against marriage equality.
Again and again, Judge Jeffrey Sutton ignores the clear words of the 14th Amendment and invokes tradition to…Continue
Added by marygriggs on November 8, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments
by Mary Griggs
Despite Randy Thompson’s recent declaration that “Valentine’s Day is only for one man and one woman,” the LGBTQ community should not feel excluded from this day.
According to one legend, in 269, the Roman Emperor Claudius II prohibited marriage for young men, declaring that bachelors made better soldiers. Ignoring the ruling, Valentine secretly…Continue
Added by marygriggs on February 14, 2014 at 11:55am — No Comments
I was interviewed on Monday in regards to the historic vote in the Senate on an inclusive ENDA bill which moved forward with strong bi-partisan support (although every single vote against it was Republican).
The resulting article has just a single phrase from my discussion with the reporter from the Times-Picayune (read it here: …Continue
Added by marygriggs on November 7, 2013 at 6:00pm — No Comments
I read Enders Game when it came out during high school and really enjoyed it. I mean, what young person wouldn’t – it is the story of a kid, selected from everyone else for specialized training because he was smart, who survives school bullying and goes on to save the planet! All the special little snowflakes who didn’t really fit in at school, found a bit of wish fulfillment in those pages that we,…Continue
Added by marygriggs on October 20, 2013 at 6:00pm — No Comments
The 9th Annual Golden Crown Literary Society Literary Conference is pretty much over and it has been a wonderful experience.
The Golden Crown Literary Society (GCLS) is an educational organization whose mission is for the enjoyment, discussion, and…Continue
Added by marygriggs on June 30, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments
DOMA declared unconstitutional!
In plain English, the federal Defense of Marriage Act defines “marriage,” for purposes of over a thousand federal laws and programs, as a union between a man and a woman only. Today the Court ruled, by a…Continue
Added by marygriggs on June 26, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments
Marriage equality opponents would condemn us to live without it. Denying us marriage is just the latest sortie from people who want to forbid people of the same sex the most fundamental of human…Continue
Added by marygriggs on June 25, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments
(c) by Mary Griggs
I want to blog about privilege today. By that I mean the unearned advantage, power or entitlement conferred by membership in the dominant group. For example, some of us receive age advantages, ethnic advantages, physical ability advantages, as well as advantages related to nationality and religion.
These benefits are often times invisible to us. From my own…Continue
Added by marygriggs on May 17, 2013 at 4:00am — No Comments
Most of us, even masochists, surround ourselves with people who respect us and support us. Not all of them will be like-minded but they will, generally, not denigrate us to our faces.
That’s why it can be such a shock to hear the voices of our enemies, as they spout lies in their testimony against laws that would protect lesbian, gay, bisexual,…Continue
Added by marygriggs on May 6, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments
Religious liberty is an idea essential to America. It even predates the foundation of our Republic as religious persecution was the reason so many of our forbearers left the Old…Continue
Added by marygriggs on March 29, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments
(c) by Mary Griggs
Richard Land, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, is getting quite a reputation for his racially charged statements. Not to be satisfied with offending only one group, he went on the…Continue
Added by marygriggs on March 4, 2013 at 7:05pm — No Comments
by Mary Griggs
She had posted a link about finding a t-shirt company that markets with the slogan of “tranny grannies” to be offensive. His response was that words have no power, that only actions hurt. He demanded that she…Continue
Added by marygriggs on February 9, 2013 at 2:16am — No Comments
by Mary Griggs
I'm an Army brat and I well know the myriad of benefits that came with being a dependent. There was housing on post that really helped when living in places with high real estate prices or in foreign lands, a travel allowance that included all our stuff when traveling to and from duty stations, medical care for my numerous soccer injuries and runny noses, the…Continue
Added by marygriggs on January 23, 2013 at 12:30am — No Comments
One little known aspect of the policy against “homosexuality” for the US military was that service members who were discharged for being gay or lesbian, had their separation pay cut in half. The policy, which was not part of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” statute was, therefore, not changed with the law was repealed.
Laura Schauer Ives, managing attorney for the ACLU of New Mexico,…Continue
Added by marygriggs on January 8, 2013 at 1:00am — No Comments
Twenty seven dead in a elementary school in Connecticut with twenty-two of them children between the ages of five and ten sure puts your day in perspective, doesn't it?
That 18-wheeler going below the speed limit in the passing lane on Highway 90 at 6 o'clock this morning? Those crowds I had to battle at three different malls? That unopened 2L bottle of vodka I…Continue
Added by marygriggs on December 14, 2012 at 11:18pm — No Comments
Added by marygriggs on November 6, 2012 at 12:49pm — No Comments
Frankenstorm Sandy had not even made it onto shore before Pastor John McTernan was declaringit God’s judgment for the “homosexual agenda.” This is the same guy who had made similar claims about Hurricanes Katrina (2005) and Isaac (2012).
The Phelps family of Westboro…Continue
Added by marygriggs on October 31, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments
An annual day in October when millions of Americans wear purple to speak out against bullying and to show their support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth.
How do I get involved?
It’s easy! Simply take the pledge to "go purple" on October 19th as we work to create a world in which LGBT teens are celebrated and…
Added by marygriggs on October 19, 2012 at 3:00am — No Comments
Like people all over the globe, I've been watching many, many hours of Olympic coverage on my television and computer (stupid NBC Olympics app is not compatible with my phone!). I've watched in awe the pageantry from London and have gotten teary eyed at the pure joy in the faces of the medal…Continue
Added by marygriggs on August 5, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments
Every single person who deliberately ate at Chick-fil-a on Wednesday and claimed they did so to protect Freedom of Speech or Freedom of Religion is operating under a misconception.
Mr. Cathy and the entire Chick-fil-a family is allowed, under the US Constitution, to have beliefs which differ from mine and I will defend their right to express them and I will fight any attempt to silence them.
But this isn’t about Christianity, the 1stAmendment or two…Continue
Added by marygriggs on August 3, 2012 at 9:00pm — No Comments