Judge Blocks Mississippi Anti Same Sex Marriage Law

Yay Judge Carlton Reeves!

Friday, Judge Reeves ruled unconstitional the Mississippi law that allowed for religious objections to same sex marriage. The law protected the beliefs that marriage is only between a man and a woman, sex should only take place in a hetero marriage, and gender is determined at birth. It allowed clerks and others to refuse to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples if the clerk believed it violated their religious beliefs, and would allow stores and businesses to refuse business to LGBT customers. Judge Reeves ruled that it violated the equal protection clause of the US Constitution.

Thank you Judge Reeves! A thousand times, thank you!

This was a really, really bad law. Imagine a situation where we start letting people choose which laws they want to follow based only on their religious beliefs. First of all, how do you prove what a person truly believes? What’s to keep a racist who refuses service to someone based on race from just saying it was their religious belief? Got a speeding ticket? No problem, just say your strongly held religious beliefs don’t allow for speed limits. Like the neighbors new Porsce? If it’s your religious belief that nobody has a right to personal possessions then you can just drive off with it for a while. After all, who is to say your religious beliefs don’t include others having to share with you?

People who write these laws think it’s great, that it allows only the discrimination that they like to happen. We don’t work that way. Allow someone to ignore laws because of their religious beliefs and someone else will want to ignore a different law. Then another. Pretty soon we’re either a country with no laws, or a country whose law only matches the religion practiced by the majority. It’s a bad situation, and the founders of our country knew it when they wrote the Constitution.

Everyone have a safe and wonderful Independence Day!

More Progress

We keep making progress these days.

Despite all the setbacks in LGBT rights caused by all those who make it their life mission to make life harder on us LGBT people, we are still gaining ground overall. Last Tuesday two transgender candidates for a major political party won their primaries in Utah and Colorado! That’s the first time it has happened, and it happened two times in one day. Oddly, both are named Misty. Way to go Misty and Misty! While your victories in the general election are long shots, you have at least one girl in Missouri rooting for both of you!

The second item that I want to share with you that shows progress, especially for trans individuals, is the ending of the Pentagon’s ban on transgender troops. What a wonderful thing for transgender people who feel called to fight for our country. I think the timing, right before we celebrate our Independence Day here in the US, is perfect! Really, what reason is there for the ban anyway? Does it make us safer? Does it mean we get the best possible troops? No to both! It was a ban that was discriminatory, and it promoted further discrimination. I’m so happy to see this one go!

We’ve been watching a lot of movies lately/Quick rating of The 5th Wave

I listened to the audio book for The 5th Wave recently, and I really liked it. I think I’m going to try to see the movie soon. I’d give it a solid 4.7, maybe even a 4.8 out of 5.

We’ve been watching a lot of older movies recently. We just saw a childhood favorite, The Last Starfighter. I loved that movie when I was about 10 years old. I have always been a huge fan of space movies of all kinds, and this one was a good one.

We also watched the live action movie of Jem and the Holograms. It was okay. Not great, though. It basically had very little to do with anything I knew of the animated cartoon from the 80’s. It may have been a better movie if they didn’t try to shove that character into this story. The story had some potential (maybe), but by forcing Jem onto it just didn’t work.

We watched Hotel Transylvania 2, and I was quite surprised. I was very skeptical of this one before seeing it, but it was pretty good.

Continuing with the animated theme: Disney’s A Christmas Carol. Really liked this. Yeah, it was the same story we all know and have heard and seen a bazillion times, but it was interesting to see Jim Carrey’s take on the characters. The ghost of Christmas Past was kind of weird and creepy, and the ghost of Christmas present was insane, and Jim Carrey played both of those parts very well.

Which makes me wonder if that is because Jim Carrey is just insane, weird and creepy himself and took the opportunity to let that all out in one movie. Not like he hasn’t done that before, I guess.

Last of the animated movies: Daddy, I’m a Zombie. I admit, we got this from the library and almost took it back without watching it because it just didn’t look that great. We kind of feared it was one of those animated movies that just play off another animated movie making it big. Like it tried to ride the coattails of Hotel Transylvania. But it was way different. Not the best movie ever, but at least there was a different story to be told. There was some really cool animation in this one, but the people weren’t part of it. The backgrounds and buildings were kinda cool, though, and even some of the graveyard stuff. Just not a fan of the people in it, though. I don’t know whether it or Jem and the Holograms was the worst of the 5 movies we watched, but neither were spectacular. If you’re bored and they’re on television they are worth watching, but don’t go out of your way for those two.