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I cringe and fume every time I hear/read "we shouldn't allow gay marriage/adoption/anti-discrimination policies/whatever because homosexuality isn't natural." HUMANS are not natural. It is not natural to drive cars, or receive dental care, or use soap, or keep pets, or have jobs, or go to school, or read, or any of a nearly infinite list of things. So the entire basis for this argument is fatally flawed from a logical standpoint, and yet it WILL NOT DIE.
There are 2 ways to respond to this stupid statement (well, 3 I guess, if you count looking disgusted and refusing to speak to the perpetrator of such inanity) - 1: yes it is and 2: so what? have you ever met nature? she's a bitch.

Response 1:
"A 1999 review by researcher Bruce Bagemihl shows that homosexual behavior has been observed in close to 1,500 species, ranging from primates to gut worms, and is well documented for 500 of them." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homosexual_behavior_in_animals

My long-term favorite example: Whiptail lizards, aka lesbian lizards - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teiidae "These lizards reproduce by parthenogenesis, and research has shown that simulated mating behavior increases fertility."

Specific familiar examples: Rams with attraction only to other rams, cows mount each other when they come into heat (useful in heat detection on farms, so an argument can be made that humans have selectively bred for this trait, but it did have to exist to start with), pet birds often pair off in same-sex couples or form cross-species bonds to other birds or even humans.

So anybody who claims that homosexual behavior is an unnatural human deviancy is either brutally under-informed, or intentionally disregarding fact.

Response 2:
If we should do what is "natural" then should we....
engage in infanticide? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infanticide_(zoology)
enjoy a little cannibalism? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannibalism_(zoology)
chalk rape up to "natural behavior"? how about incest? necrophilia? polygamy/polyandry? cross species intercourse? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal_sexual_behaviour

Truth

Dec. 12th, 2011 11:30 am
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Homophobia: The fear that gay men will treat you the same way you treat women.
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I have much ranting, and more whining to do. But that takes focus, and time, and energy. So instead, I will give you a picture with good words. And perhaps I will rant and whine tomorrow.

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Utterly ridiculous. Junior High boy got suspended for the rest of the year, missed the school dance, and the class trip. Because he wore a dress. Oh NOES, a DRESS! Suspension was later reduced, but not until he'd already missed the dance and class trip.

Here's one with a picture of the dress and shoes.

Why are people so completely stupid that anybody even gives a crap if a kid wears heels to school on a dare? For that matter, why is it even dare-worthy? Never mind. It's dare-worthy because people care, so just refer to the first question, I guess.

Anyway, have some blow-up overreaction, shall we? I mean really--if you can't handle the way he's dressed, send him home to change. But suspend him for the rest of the damn year? Get a life and a sense of proportion.
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In many states, there are laws on the books allowing them to disregard homosexual marriages performed elsewhere. I'm sure nobody's surprised by that. But in Wisconsin, the law states that you can be fined and sent to jail for claiming as valid your homosexual marriage performed elsewhere.

under 765.30(1)(a) of the Wisconsin code, "Any person residing and intending to continue to reside in this state who goes outside the state and there contracts a marriage prohibited or declared void under the laws of this state" -- and that means, you, gay couple who just got married -- can be fined up to $10,000 or imprisoned for up to 9 months, or both.
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You've all probably seen this by now, but a judge has declared an immediately effective injunction against the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy. The Justice Department is, as standard protocol, challenging the ruling; Obama has stated he's opposed to DADT, but the Justice Department does this every time a judge overturns a congressional decision.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-dont-ask-20101013,0,2167337.story
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Supreme court has heard testimony. Apparently no actual in-court insanity from any of the Phelps', but they felt it necessary to picket their own trial, whatever that's supposed to prove.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ynews/ynews_pl3827

http://blogs.pitch.com/plog/2010/10/fred_phelps_daughters_sing_crazy_train.php

Pretty heavy-handed bias in the second article there... way to uphold journalistic objectivity! Not that I disagree, I mean the Phelps'/WBC are nutjobs extraordinaire, but I make no pretense of objectivity here.

Be interesting to see what the judges come back with, though one article said they don't expect a final decision for several months.
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Probably much more worth reading than anything I've ever written on the topic of homosexuality. Reposted from JohnShore.com, a comment by FreeFox:

Are you really trying to define love? Trying to claim THIS is love and THAT isn’t? Come on. Love is a big word. It has zillions of meanings. Centuries and centuries and centuries peeps have written about love. You can fill books with what love means. At the lowest level love means intense affection. Everything beyond that depends on the culture, the context, the circumstances, the person who uses the word.

But reading all this made me think. Maybe it ISN’T really about who you fall in love with and who you get your loving from. I mean… fuck… how to say this…

“Loving’s pretty easy. It’s letting someone love you that’s hard.”
- Rita Mae Brown (Riding Shotgun, 1997)

The worst thing about being queer and told that you are an abomination isn’t that you aren’t allowed to be loved by others. That IS bad enough. But the worst is that your aren’t allowed to love yourself!

There is another thing that many think is supposed to go with love, and that is that it is supposed to be unconditional. BUT when you’re queer, it NEVER is unconditional. Yeah, God loves you, BUT he wants you to be different. Your 'rents love you, BUT they want you to be different. If your lover loves you, it really is a perversion. If you love a woman (or a man, for a dyke), you know that some part of your love is a lie, if only a lie of omission. As a queer bloke, even if you like a child, your own, or your baby brother, or your nephew, even then you know that those who know always have this little, held back fear in mind: He’s a perv, so, who knows if his affection for the kiddo is all that innocent.

When you’re queer, you can never be innocent. You can never be accepted. Not the real you. You can never really let go, let yourself fall into the arms of love. You always have to be on the look-out, against yourself, against those around you. A part of you has to fight love all the time. It is SO FUCKING EXHAUSTING. After a while you get so tired you just want it to stop, even when it means you have to stop breathing to get there.

So, all you good “Christians” who think that picking that one prohibition from the Good Book of a Zillion Prohibitions, there really are only three options for queers: Say “screw you all” to you bigots and ignore you and shag whosoever you want and feel good about it, or give up and die, or FIGHT till you are gone and we have won. And when that day is here, and there are queer boys happily snogging on all the school grounds in the world, and you can’t go through a town without having to retch all the time for seeing all those hand-holding dykes and happy faggots, just remember, we didn’t bring that fight to you. You brought it to us. And I hope you choke on it.

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