Friday, March 15, 2013

JMG Photo Of The Day :

NBC News reports on today's tribal wedding in Michigan:
Dexter McNamara, chairman of the 4,600-member Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians in northern Michigan, wed Tim LaCroix, 53, and Gene Barfield, 60, of Boyne City. After McNamara read the couple's vows and led the ceremony in English, a member of the tribe followed and conducted a tribal ceremony in their language. "How could the world be better? How could the world be better? … I'm just full of joy and happiness and I love my husband," Barfield said. "We’re so unbelievably grateful to the tribe and so full of respect for their position in this.”
The couple met 30 years ago when they were stationed at Orlando's Naval Training Center.
UNRELATED: My family briefly lived on that base when we first moved to Orlando.  I learned to drive on the deserted access road around the base parade grounds, the one place my mother knew I wouldn't crash into other cars. Not long after that, I was dropping swabbies off at the front gate after meeting them at the Parliament House. Good times.
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Via JMG: More Gay Sniping In Venezuela


"If I were gay I'd take ownership of it with pride and shout it to the four winds and I would have no problem loving whoever I had to love with my heart. Because the worst homophobe is one who is gay and discriminates against his own. It's similar to a foreman in a slave-owner's farm. A black traitor who whips an African man's back. That's the worst homophobe: He who denies his identity and discriminates against his equals. We introduced a constitutional amendment to acknowledge their existence and the supreme respect the nation has towards our sexually diverse brothers and sisters - and our opponents and the right called for a vote against that amendment." - Interim Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, firing back at homophobia charges by opposition candidate Henrique Capriles by again hinting that Capriles is gay. At the link, Andres Duque points out that Capriles did not oppose the above-cited amendment.  The election is April 14th.
RELATED: Maduro also claims that Hugo Chavez is now "face-to-face with Christ" and therefore influenced the selection of a South American pope.

Reposted from Joe

Via Gay Politics Report

  • New pope blamed devil for marriage equality push

  • Pope Francis, elected this week to lead the Roman Catholic Church, once forcefully opposed legislation allowing same-sex couples to marry in his native Argentina, saying the effort was "a move by the father of lies," a biblical reference to the devil. The new pope also once called adoption by gays "discrimination" against children. In 2003, however, then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio said the church should speak with "respect" and "understanding" toward individuals when discussing its teachings on sexuality. LGBT advocates have called on the Church under Francis to tone down its anti-gay rhetoric, which they said harshened under Pope Benedict XVI. The Huffington Post (3/13), The Washington Post/The Fix blog (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Via Buddhism on Beliefnet:

Daily Buddhist Wisdom

Internal peace is an essential first step to achieving peace in the world. How do you cultivate it? It's very simple. In the first place by realizing clearly that all mankind is one, that human beings in every country are members of one and the same family.
- His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Via Tricycle Daily Dharma:

Tricycle Daily Dharma March 15, 2013

Keep Your Balance

Just as a person mired in quicksand cannot help another until he has himself reached firm ground, our ability to help others depends chiefly on keeping our own balance.
- Andrew Olendzki, "Keep Your Balance"
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