Saturday, August 7, 2010

California, Same-Sex Marriage, and Some Guy in Korea

Looks like California's ban on same-sex marriage is gone. A judge didn't like it.

At least one group is trying to get the case tried in another court: but my guess is that the judge there won't like it, either. Judges have, to a great extent, been like that all my life.

Still, on the whole, I rather like living in America. It sure beats places like Somalia and North Korea.

Speaking of Korea, there's something from earlier this year - - - I'll get back to that.

Why aren't I Ranting About Wicked California?

For one thing, I lived in California once, and it's a pleasant state. Some quite decent folks live there.

For another, 'it could be worse.'

Like the fellow who married - I am not making this up - a pillow:
"Man marries animated pillow"
CNET News (March 11, 2010)
"Sometimes, love is two-dimensional. Especially, it seems, for men.

"I never thought I would be able to write a more moving headline than 'Man marries video game character.' But here we are, gathered today, to celebrate the union between Lee Jin-gyu and a pillow.

"Yes, it has taken a mere three and a half months for the video character betrothal to seem nothing more than cheap publicity for stunted minds.

"What is so very beautiful and exciting about this union is that the husband can take his new bride anywhere. I have, indeed, embedded a little footage of the happy couple at the amusement park, strapped in for what promises to be a wild ride.

"The bride, you see, is called Fate Testarossa. It would be beneath me to suggest that she is built for speed. Indeed, she seems from the footage to offer a comforting and reassuring presence in a world that has clearly gone beyond any normal definitions of insanity.

"Fate Testarossa is a magical character in the Japanese anime series 'Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha.' And she is imprinted on this "dakimakura" pillow in a most lifelike, serene representation.

"It is quite understandable that Lee, a 28-year-old Korean, fell for such a peaceful, uplifting, and upliftable presence. Understanding is, indeed, very important in a relationship. And my own understanding is that Fate Testarossa chose not to wear heels for the marriage ceremony, as the footage suggests she may, in fact, be taller than Lee...."
I'm surprised that nobody's pushed for ending the social stigma placed on people who like to have sex with animals. That seemed such a logical step from the whole animal rights thing.

Maybe after the next election?

No Rant: Why?

Ranting won't help the situation: and these days I have to watch my blood pressure. Literally.

Really: It Could be Worse

Do I approve of people having sex with animals?

How I feel about it is irrelevant. The Church says that's on the no-no list.

It's the Leviticus 20:15-16 thing. Sexual relations with dead bodies doesn't seem to be covered in that chapter, so I suppose an imaginative chap could drum up support for necrophilia, on the grounds that what isn't specifically forbidden is okay.

I don't see it that way, and the Church is quite specific about what human sexuality is supposed to be for. I've discussed this before. (June 23, 2010, September 24, 2009)

The Catholic Church: A Big Party-Pooper?

I don't see an affirmation of human sexuality as part of the sacrament of marriage as the poopy old Catholic Church trying to ruin everybody's fun. But then, I'm one of those people who see myself and other human beings as - people. Creatures with our own will, who are able to chose what we do: and able to see beyond whatever our endocrine system has dumped into our bloodstream.

Don't misunderstand me: some of those glandular secretions are a hoot. But I've learned that impulse control is a good idea.

As for California and same-sex marriage? I don't think the issue will go away any time soon. I also don't think that Hollywood glitterati represent the highest and noblest in today's America.

Which is another topic.

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Sometime regrettable advertisements get through, anyway.

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