Monday, October 18, 2010

Gay Marriage: Honorary degree protested – By Mary Agnes Welch, October 18, 2010 - Winnipeg Free Press

Valedictorian slams public safety minister's record

One of the University of Winnipeg's top students says the school's decision to award Public Safety Minister Vic Toews an honorary degree amounts to a "profound loss of integrity."

Amid a few boos and a few more hoots of approval, Erin Larson told her fellow graduates Sunday that she was proud to have been chosen valedictorian but she was not proud to be sharing the stage with Toews, MP for Provencher.

In her address, she said Toews' record is at odds with the university's pledge to foster respect for diversity, social inclusion and human rights. Photo 

"The decision to give an honorary doctorate to someone who is best known among my generation of students as a vocal opponent of the expansion to human rights is questionable at best," said Larson, who earned an honours degree in psychology.
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On the wrong side of history
By Ian J. Byrne,
October 18, 2010 –

America will not be a civil society until there is equality for all. Our country has made significant gains over the past centuries by abolishing slavery, giving women the right to vote and outlawing racial segregation. Now, in 2010, it is imperative for the evolution of our society and country that equal rights are granted to our GLBT friends, neighbors, professors, colleagues and community.

New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino recently gave a speech in Brooklyn. He criticized his opponent, Democrat Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, for marching in a gay pride parade this year and Paladino said that "it is not the example we should be showing our children."

"I just think my children and your children would be much better off and much more successful getting married and raising a family," Paladino said. "And I don’t want them brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option — it isn’t,"

He faced well-deserved criticism for his homophobic comments. Paladino spent the following Monday defending his remarks and saying that he has a gay nephew and his administration would hire gays. On ABC’s "Good Morning America," he stated that he has one and only one problem with homosexuality: "their desire to be married."

…Paladino is not an obscure figure on the fringe. He is the Republican-endorsed gubernatorial candidate for the state of New York. It is absurd that anyone nonchalantly spouts off hateful rhetoric with the backing of any political party. Perhaps we need to ensure that no one is brainwashed into thinking that bigotry is an equally valid option.
Read complete article: By Ian J. Byrne, U of M – Minneapolis, St. Paul – The Minnesota Daily –

Sexual orientation - Internalized Homophobia - “Auschwitz – Benedict XVI - Christmas 2008 -A flashback far more severe than in Brokeback Mountain” GAY TEENAGE SUICIDE - Fr. Marty Kurylowicz
Attachment Theory
Nothing in life is more precious than the intimate relationships we have with love ones. Healthy love relationships delight us give us confidence to take on challenges and support us in difficult times. Photo

Gay marriage ->
Restoring "Hope of Love"
To Children In Early Childhood -> Marriage Equality
March 23, 2010 – by Fr. Marty Kurylowicz
Marriage Equality, like Galileo, is the truth about the facts of growing up gay. Marriage Equality will not become a reality until people learn that its most vital purpose is that it restores the “hope of love” to children in early childhood – essential to their development and well-being for life. Without Marriage Equality we teach children how to hate love and how to be mean and indifferent to people as adults. With all due respect, without Marriage Equality we would teach them in much the same way as has been shown by Benedict XVI and the hierarchy, especially in their lack of care and protection of children for decades.
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