Monday, June 3, 2013

Via JMG: DOD Pride Month Memo

(Via JMG reader Eloise)

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Via JMG: Updated Global Marriage Map

After last week's first gay wedding in France, the Agency France-Presse posted the above map.

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Via JMG: Bar Association Group Issues Resolution Against Gay & Trans "Panic" Defenses

Via press release:
The National LGBT Bar Association applauds the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section for taking up a resolution to protect victims of so called gay and trans “panic” legal defenses. The resolution supports the LGBT community by no longer allowing defense attorneys to use victims’ identities or their sexual orientation against them in court.
“This resolution puts an end to a longstanding injustice in our legal system and gives a voice to countless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender victims of violence, one we never hear because they are no longer here to speak for themselves,” said D’Arcy Kemnitz, executive director of the LGBT Bar.
Gay and trans “panic” defense tactics ask a jury to find that a victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity is to blame for the defendant’s excessively violent reaction. The perpetrator claims that the victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity not only explain – but excuse – their loss of self-control and subsequent assault of an LGBT individual. By fully or partially acquitting the perpetrators of crimes against LGBT victims, these defenses imply that LGBT lives are worth less than others.
The American Bar Association's House Of Delegates must approve the resolution at their annual meeting in August in order for it to become official ABA policy.

Reposted from Joe

Via Buddhism on Beliefnet:

Daily Buddhist Wisdom

The Buddha said: 'If outsiders speak against me, the Teaching or the Order, you should not be angry for that would prevent your own self-conquest. Similarly if they praise us. But you should find out what is false or true, and acknowledge the fact. And even in praise it is only of trifling matters that an unconverted man might speak of me.'
- Digha Nikaya

Via Tricycle Daily Dharma:

Tricycle Daily Dharma June 3, 2013

The Gifts Along the Way

The narratives implicit in spiritual training often contain misdirection of various kinds, under the shadow of which other kinds of change and growth, noticed and unnoticed, may be occurring. In the grand narrative of the voyage from samsara to nirvana, we may tend to overlook all kinds of unsought gifts that befall us along the way.
- Henry Shukman, "A Matter of Misdirection"
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