Tuesday, December 4, 2012
|Daily Buddhist Wisdom|
France's First Lady says she is looking forward to being part of the wedding party of gay friends once marriage is legalized.
Valerie Trierweiler, the girlfriend of French President Francois Hollande, has given plans to legalise gay marriage with her personal seal of approval by announcing she will be a witness at one of the first ceremonies. While her partner's commitment to proposed legislation allowing same-sex marriages has been questioned in recent weeks, Trierweiler revealed she had accepted an invitation to participate in the wedding of gay friends. "I'm delighted that I'm going to be a witness at one of the very first marriages for all," Trierweiler said. A law providing for same sex couples to wed and adopt children is expected to be on the statute book by the middle of next year. Its passage through parliament is likely to be stormy however given strong opposition from sections of the opposition right, Catholic bishops and other religious leaders.France's national legislature begins debate on the draft version of the bill in three months.
On a long journey of human life, faith is the best of companions; it is the best refreshment on the journey; and it is the greatest property ---The Buddha
Valuing the Here and Now
Goal-seeking activity is always the enemy of real peace and contentment. The idea that what is here and now is less valuable than what’s over there just past the finish line prevents us from ever being truly content and happy right where we are. No matter what your ultimate goal is, it’s always off in the distance. This goes for any goal at all, even the goal of attaining ultimate inner peace or saving all beings.
- Brad Warner, "Goalless Practice"