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Religious Liberty

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According to Paul Ryan – Congressman from Wisconsin’s First Congressional District and Mitt Romney’s running mate; “The Contraceptive Mandate is an affront to religious liberty.”

Apparently, Congressman Ryan doesn’t understand how religious liberty works in this Country. Your religious liberty ends where my religious liberty begins. If you don’t want to use birth control, then don’t use it. That’s your choice and your right. However; don’t stand in my way waving your religious freedom flag and denying me my right to make a healthcare choice.

Now, I can hear some people arguing that you can make your choice, as long as I don’t have to pay for it. This mandate does make birth  contraceptive a part of the insurance plan, so in a way, we’re all paying for it.  But, let me cut you off at the pass. I don’t want to pay for war and amazingly, with my taxes, I do. War is an affront to MY religious liberty, but I don’t hear anyone on the right trying to stop war. I don’t want to pay more in taxes so that a rich person can have a tax break. I don’t want to pay for oil subsidies and, yet, I do. I didn’t want to pay for TARP and, yet, I am. So, don’t give me this shit that “The contraceptive mandate is an affront to religious liberty.”

Because it isn’t.
Allowing anyone to deny a woman the right to birth control – that’s an affront to humanity.  That’s one step back for women’s rights and that, my friend, is unacceptable.

Happy National Coming Out Day!

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Today is National Coming Out Day.  This is the day when gay people are encouraged to come out to someone.  I do that everyday, as most gay people should.  When I started my new job, I put Cheryl’s picture up on my desk.  As my new co-workers would stop by, a few would ask about the picture.  I’d just tell them that she’s my wife.

Tammy Baldwin once said (and I’m paraphrasing) that if you want to live in a world where you can put a picture of your wife on your desk, put a picture of your wife on your desk and you live in that world.  In other words, come out, come out wherever you are.

Some straight people don’t understand the big deal.  They lie and tell you that their sexuality isn’t public and what’s the big deal.  What they don’t understand is that their sexuality is very much public.  They go into work and complain about their wife or brag about their kids – they “announce” that they are gay.

It’s funny or ironic.  Two of my current co-workers, whom I like very much, think that I am very prideful because I had no problem mentioning my wife.  Yet one of them is married and he doesn’t see that it isn’t prideful, he does the samething.  Don’t get me wrong, he’s a nice guy; he just doesn’t understand.

We’ve come a long way, but we still have a long way to go.  We can only get there if we come out.  Take a chance.

There is one more thing:  Why don’t we seriously get together and all stay home from work or school next year?  Instead of National Coming Out Day, we could have National Stay In Day.  I believe that it would do three things:

  1. It would show how many of us there are.
  2. and show how the straights couldn’t live without us.
  3. Watch all the homophobes show up for work, so no one would think they were gay!

So, National Stay In Day – who’s with me?