Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Sauces for geese and ganders

I love this story in today's WaPo:

To protest Virginia's laws banning same-sex marriage, Ensign and the church's governing council decided recently that Clarendon Presbyterian will no longer have any weddings, and Ensign will renounce his state authority to marry couples.

Any heterosexual couple who has their union "blessed" in a "celebration ceremony" at the tiny church will have to take the extra step of being officially wed by a justice of the peace at the courthouse.


At 6:45 PM, Anonymous Ace said...

Remember the final "thing" in the movie "Animal House" when the downtrodden fraternity brothers undertake an act of meaningless futility to disrupt the school's parade? That's what this clergyman's actions represent.

Look up the word "feckless" at and you'll get an idea of how likely he is to effect the change he so desperately wants.

Thiskind of grandstanding makes for good copy in a newspaper but won't change even a single vote in the Virginia Legislature - and without changing a few votes there, all of his protests and demonstrations and perorations don't anount to a pinch of sh*t.

OK, let me go and adjust my medication levels now...

At 10:19 PM, Blogger Thesaurus Rex said...

I disagree. Perhaps the people whose weddings will get bumped from the church schedule will take it into their heads to demand a change.

I think it's a brilliant move.

At 10:39 PM, Anonymous Ace said...

We shall see if this leads to a voter uprising.

I suspect that the people who wanted to be married in that church and were turned away by this clergyman's actions will be annoyed at the incovnenience and quickly find another church in which to be married. They will then take out their frustrations on that particular church by taking their worship and financial support elsewhere.

The votes that need to be swayed tend to be in distant parts of the state. If Arlington Va had its way, gay marriages would be legal and so would inter-species marriages.

But those votes that need to be altered are in rural Virginia and in the "urban" areas in the southwestern part of the state and those representatives will not care at all about the posturing of one church in Arlington. In fact, lots of folks in that part of the state would not care if Arlington were flooded out the way New Orleans was.


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