Saturday, May 16, 2015

Via JMG: COLOMBIA: Interior Minister Vows To Soon Make Same-Sex Marriage Legal

Colombian Interior Minister Juan Cristo yesterday vowed to soon make same-sex marriage legal. Via Gay Star News:
"The government supports the fight for equality and we will adopt measures providing equal marriage rights for all," Cristo said at the Andes University in Bogota on Thursday, as reported by Efe. He said he would not submit to the mercy of the majority on matters related to human rights, as 'respect for equal rights is not optional'. In July 2011, Colombia's Constitutional Court ruled Congress had two years to legalize same-sex marriage or an equivalent of marriage. As Congress failed to mass a marriage equality bill, the courts began approving marriages themselves. But then, the country's Inspector General requested the Court invalidate all the marriages approved in Colombia. Only 30 same-sex couples were given a license.
Cristo claims that Colombia's leading political party, the National Unity Coalition, is behind him. The party presently holds 60 out of 266 seats in the national legislature.

RELATED: In South America same-sex marriage is legal in Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay. Civil unions or partnership laws exist in Chile*, Colombia, and Ecuador. No relationship recognitions presently exist in Bolivia, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru**, Suriname, or Venezuela. (*In April the Chilean government formally dropped its opposition to same-sex marriage. **In March the Peruvian Congress rejected a civil unions bill.)

Reposted from Joe Jervis

Via Sri Prem Baba: Flor do Dia- Flor del Día- Flower of the day 16/05/2015

“Nos dias de hoje a espiritualidade precisa ser prática e sustentável. Prática porque não é preciso estar dentro de um templo, um mosteiro ou uma igreja, mas dentro da sua própria casa, no seu trabalho, com seus amigos. E sustentável porque é preciso estar em harmonia com a matéria, com o dinheiro. Tanto a necessidade de acumular dinheiro, quanto a negação dele, são extremos da mesma moeda - são reações que nascem do medo. Fugir da vida material através da espiritualidade é apenas outra forma de materialismo.”
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“Hoy en día la espiritualidad necesita ser práctica y sustentable. Práctica porque no es necesario estar dentro de un templo, un monasterio o una iglesia, sino dentro de tu propia casa, en tu trabajo, con tus amigos. Y sustentable, porque es preciso estar en armonía con la materia, con el dinero. Tanto en la necesidad de acumular dinero, como en la negación del mismo, son extremos de la misma moneda - son reacciones que nacen del miedo. Huir de la vida material a través de la espiritualidad no es más que otra forma de materialismo.”

“These days spirituality has to be practical and sustainable. It is practical because it’s no longer confined to a temple, a monastery, or a church, but can be in your own home, at work, or with your friends. Spirituality must be sustainable as well by being in harmony with things of the material world, such as money. The need to accumulate money and the denial of money are both sides of the same coin: they are reactions that stem from fear. Running away from the material world through spirituality is just another form of materialism.”

Via Daily Dharma

The Examined Life | May 16, 2015

Wisdom is not merely something to be gained with old age. One can be wise in every stage of one’s life. To manifest wisdom means simply to step back and see—to reflect, inquire, be aware, be disciplined, and be focused not once in a while, but all of the time, moment to moment. This life is precious and fleeting. Pay attention.

- Seido Ray Ronci, "The Examined Life"