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Is this really necessary? I like this company usually, but please.

Is this necessary?

Is this necessary?

I usually like this company. They do some good stuff, but really.

Please.

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It’s Freedom to Marry Week, so perhaps it’s not surprising. But, this morning as I was having my morning cuddle with the boy (decked out to the nines today — many a sparkle to be seen), he says to me, “Tell me about long ago when there were different rules for getting married. Who couldn’t get married?” I explained to him, alas, that the rules only changed in our state, and that they changed within his lifetime. I know I wrote some about this conversation yesterday, but I kid you not, he brought it up today. So we had a little refresher conversation, after which Q vowed to “cast a spell on everyone” so that they say two women can get married or two men can get married.

He was appalled that folks in California changed their mind about letting queer folks get married. Appalled. Again, I call on you to listen to the logic of a 5 year old. It’s simple: if you’re allowed to do something one day, you can’t just change your mind the next.

If he could sign the marriage resolution, he would. Maybe now’s the time for an email address?

Please let your voice be heard and sign.

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My son likes to talk about “long long ago when people thought gay people shouldn’t get married.” For him, it’s long ago, in the scope of his almost 6 years of life. And only because we live in Massachusetts. To him and his friends (when I’m lucky enough to hear them talk of it), marriage equality is a no-brainer. It’s simple: two people love each other and they want to get married. While he’s working out how to name the future relationships that he’ll have with his two best friends, both girls (one will be his wife, the other the roommate; no, both wives; no, one the wife, one the aunt; no, both roommates…), he’s using evidence from what he knows: it’s all about love. The people you love are those you want to spend the rest of your life with.

Not many would argue with the simple logic of a five year old. Yet too many fear that that logic will impinge on their lives, their loves, their children. If my marriage is somehow hurting your child (and how might that be?), imagine what your despise for my marriage is doing to my child. I’m sure we’d all choose to have our kids affected by love rather than hate any day.

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Minds, that is.

Just came across this clip from CNN about a year ago.

I think the open minds, supportive parents and school, willingness to embrace this girl and her identity, are powerful.

And good evidence of all the good that’s out there.

(and now for one more plug….)

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This has been one of Q’s favorite phrases for a long time. He likes to talk about love. Which I love, of course!

Along those lines, please have a look, participate, blog, tweet, etc along with the blogswarm (my first ever!) The only agenda is love. I’ve blogged before about Prop 8, the right for everyone to marry the person they love. It’s not about what my marriage means for your marriage or your kids or my kid or kids I might teach. Really, it’s all about love. Wise, these little people are, I tell you.

Have a look at the agenda: 7 conversations in 7 days. It doesn’t take much. Most are digital conversations. But if we come together, make our voices heard, I think that more folks will be able to hear the wisdom of love.

love, pure and simple

love, pure and simple

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So, I mostly write this blog because I think this is an important conversation. I’m always on the lookout for how to promote it a bit, get more folks to read, consider the contents and message, etc. It’s ultimately about making the world a bit better for my boy, others like him, all of us.

So, here’s one way……

Please pardon the shameless plug....

Please pardon the shameless plug....

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As Bruce Springsteen plays in the background and the wife and I work on dualing laptops, I HAD to add a few thoughts about the Super Bowl. I’ve been a waxing and waning football fan since my early youth. Diehard Redskins fan. Then not so much. Then in college and a bit after it wasn’t “cool” to admit you liked football. Too violent for a Quaker college, you know? Living now in Massachusetts, I am fond of the Patriots, but not avidly so. But I always enjoy a good Super Bowl. I think because of the hype. And the often-hilarious, over-the-top commercials.

Today, as I tuned in late, the very first commercial I saw was about a new diet Pepsi — just for men. What? Excuse me? It’s the diet drink just for men. Yes, those men definitely need their own diet drink. Yes, I know that the viewer demographic for the SB is overwhelmingly male. And of course the commercials are created with that audience in mind, but come on. Ridiculous. How emasculating to drink “regular” diet beverages (mind you, I’m not a fan of anyone drinking any diet beverages — got that X? — because of the horrible fake sweeteners)….of course a man needs a diet beverage that will make him feel manly, even if he’s trying to cut the calories.

Don’t really know what else to say, but yowza! this world is insisting on becoming more and more gendered and divided along gender lines every moment. Ugh!

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