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An old friend of mine IMed to ask how I was doing. Said friend is LDS. Prop 8 came up. Said friend was not worried on the grounds that those wanting to get married can go to another state to do so, and it will eventually be overturned in the Federal courts. Said friend can legitimately bring up old overturned marriage laws regarding race, because he is a child of a mixed marriage. However, I got brassed off enough to say the following to him:

I think that marriage is more than a "want" when access to medical services and other partner benefits are at stake.

I think that access to marriage that requires going out of state to get married is no meaningful access.

You are not a California voter, so I do not hold you accountable for any part of the California vote. You are an adult male in your church. I am not your wife so I have no rightful say over what you have to say to your church, but in a country that separates church and state I think your church has no right interfering with affairs of state to attempt to disenfranchise any citizen, and were I your wife that is what I would tell you to tell them.

I count three exceptionally low blows in this commentary. How many can you count? (Note: this is Figment I was talking to.)
Gone away, gone ahead,
Echoes roll unanswered.
Empty, open, dusty, dead.
Why have all the Weyrfolk fled?

Where have dragons gone together
Leaving weyrs to wind and weather,
Setting herdbeasts free of tether;
Gone, our safeguards, gone, but whither?

Have they flown to some new weyr
Where cruel Threads some others fear?
Are they worlds away from here?
Why, oh why the empty weyr?

-- "The Question Song", Anne McCaffrey
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