This won’t be eloquent.  It’s simply an expression of my sorrow, for all those who were told today that they aren’t people like other people:  they cannot marry the person they love.  It may be, as a matter of law, that the people of California have a right to change their constitution.  And I am relieved for those whose marriages, though threatened, were preserved by the ruling.  (I’m talking about the same sex couples people wanted to tear apart.)  But I am deeply saddened by a law, passed by a majority of our voting citizens, that takes basic human rights away from some of our citizens because they are different.  I can’t imagine God would approve.  I hope we change the law very soon.

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I had some very mixed feelings when I heard that Rick Warren had been invited to deliver the invocation at the inauguration.  I am appalled at the way we are split into “sides” that can’t seem to even talk civily to one another.  So reaching out to someone who disagrees with you on important issues makes a kind of sense, and is consistant with what Obama said during the campaign.  But I am also appalled that we would  take away certain fundamental human/civil rights from some of our citizens.  Prop 8 did that.  And Rick Warren was a prominant proponant.  I was very happy to read (at www.boston.com) the following about Gene Robinson being invited to give the invocation at the first inaugural event:

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