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After Gay Marriage: No, The END Is NOT Near

After Gay Marriage: No, The END Is NOT Near

Is this a moment of decision for the vocally anti-gay pastors and meetings in North Carolina Yearly Meeting-FUM?

On the one side, they could join the peals of panic and hysteria that are near full-throat since the Supreme Court’s marriage decision on June 26.

Or maybe they could take a deep breath, listen to some other voices, and consider a different option.

Here’s another way to put it: Will their template now be drawn from  Dred Scott (civil war) and Roe v Wade (anti-abortion terrorism)?

Or will it be Loving v. Virginia, and “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”?

(I’d like to think nobody could say no to “Loving.” But I’ve been wrong before.)

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Is It Truly Going To Be This Bad?? (Maybe not.)

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The “Hubris” of A “Judicial Putsch” — Dissents From The Same Sex Marriage Ruling

The “Hubris” of A “Judicial Putsch” — Dissents From The Same Sex Marriage Ruling

Together the four Supreme Court dissents make up a longer body of text than the decision. So for readability I am presenting them in three sizes:

First, the “Mini” or “Executive Summary” version, select quotes that add up to almost 4000 words.

Next, The Medium size, a fuller selection of the texts, which comes to almost 12,000 words.

And finally, at this link, one can read the dissents in their entirety, at about 19,000 words. (To find them, scroll down past the initial, “Opinion of the Court” section.)

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The Supreme Court Marriage Decision — Made Readable!

The Supreme Court Marriage Decision — Made Readable! (And Shorter!)

Who knew? The Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage is not only historic — it’s also readable, coherent, humane, and often eloquent.

But the full text runs to 35 pages and about 12,000 words. Much of this text is clogged up with legal citations and inside-lawyer references. These are necessary to the legal system, but not to the meaning or flow of the decision.

Reading it and skipping all the extra legalese was actually exciting and even moving; but why keep the good stuff to myself?

So I’ve cut almost all of this out, and shortened some other sections. The result is just under 5000 words, but with all the important reasoning and analysis retained (I think; I’m not a lawyer). 

Even if you believe this decision marks the End of Civilization As We Know It, you may find this version useful; I’ve done no editorializing  in it. It’s the text — not the whole text — but nothing but the text.

And I’ve pasted this whole thing in below. This is what journos these days call a “long-form” piece.  But as I said, I found reading it compelling. So I commend it to others. If you find this helpful, please pass it on.

Next I’m going to dive into the four Dissents, to see what’s of interest there. Check back later for updates on this front. Meantime, it’s your turn to read the history that was made today. . . .

Go for it.

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Nine Hometown Realities more important to me than trying to ban the Confederate flag

Nine Hometown Realities more important to me than trying to ban the Confederate flag —

If a had a million bucks to donate . . .

If I was thirty years younger, with that former energy level . . .

If there were 36 hours in my day . . .

If I had political weight to throw around . . .

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OMG! Sweet Briar College to Stay Open!

OMG! OMG!

Sweet Briar College To Stay Open!

<< WASHINGTON — Sweet Briar College, the women’s liberal arts college in rural Virginia that announced it would close iin August — setting off a storm of protest and lawsuits from students, faculty and alumnae — will remain open for at least another academic year under an agreement announced Saturday by the attorney general of Virginia.

News of the settlement brought a sense of elation aand relief to  Members of the alumnae group, Saving Sweet Briar Inc., who had fought the planned closure since the board announced in March that the 114-year-old school would cease operations “as a result of insurmountable financial challenges.” The alumnae insisted the school could be rescued with new leadership.

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Victory!” wrote Tracy Stuart, a real estate agent in Martha’s Vineyard and a board member of the group, in an email message. “We saved Sweet Briar! They never thought we could do it, but we did it!” >>

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