Whether you get married by a Justice of the Peace or a priest or you just go to city hall... whether you have a reception, go on a honeymoon or get a bite for lunch afterwards... any way you cut it... you are married with a marriage license that's recognized in every state.
Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships stop short of allowing same sex couples marriage rights and it's not recognized across statelines. All they want are equal rights when it comes to marriage rights.
Call it something else. "Wife" and "husband" should be reserved for heterosexual marriages. "Partner" was working all these years for homosexual partners. "Marriage" for heterosexual couples and "Civil Unions" for homosexual couples.
Just change the parameters of a Civil Union, and the problem would be solved. End of story.
It's not about religion. It's about rights. It's not about moral decay. It's about two people that love each other.
Today's Supreme Court case is about two women who are in love and raising a family together... three kids! They want to protect their family. That's far from moral decay.
Whom am I to judge who one loves and why? I'm not perfect at it either... neither are half the married couples in this great nation.
I spent much of Saturday listening to Donald Trump's message... and to his message when we interviewed him on the Hot Talk Morning Show. There is no one who understands the global economy and how it effects us and our national debt better than Trump. We are being outsmarted by leaders of third-world nations and nations which Americans thought would never have the upper-hand over us. I believe Trump can "make America great again" after Obama spends eight years screwing it up and driving it into the ground.
Obama apologizes for our successful past, our leadership and superiority. If you don't think America is and should be the best country in the world, then move out!!! I say that Trump should run with Marco Rubio as his VP... Lindsey Graham as Secretary of State and Rudy Giuliani as Homeland Security Chief. We need to shut down bad deals with China, Iran, Cuba and Mexico ASAP... Get out of debt... Get business back to the United States... Support our businesses to create jobs HERE... Control environmentalists who slow our roll giving communist nations like China an opportunity to undercut us ( like with Rare Earth minerals)... Lock up our borders... Build our military and serve our veterans when they return... And make deals... Trump-kind of deals... where America Wins! Trump is a winner. God Help Us if Slick Hilly slithers into the White House!!! It may be time for a female president, but she is certainly not the right female.
Hillary Clinton made her "announcement" via a YouTube video because she wants us to think she isn't about the fan fare and is more concerned about listening than talking... A listening tour, again. Really??? It certainly didn't work for her last time... How about TALKING about where she stands on real issues? How about speaking the truth? How about not embarrasing our great nation with another Clinton scandal? Oh dear, I pray Clinton is not elected....we can't take another disasterous White House...
On the world stage, it's humiliating that Obama was re-elected by our own people. It's unbelievable how we have allowed this man to sell off jobs to far away economies, bring us closer to nuclear war and to make the awful situation in the middle east EVEN WORSE! The IRS, the VA system, the EPA... all departments out of control. Where are his leadership skills? Is he incompetent or is he purposefully trying to ruin America?
He's so concerned about his legacy that he has micro-managed it into hell.
I believe the "I DOUBT IT" athiest call center is a recruitment tool...preying upon people who are questioning parts of their faith.
They should ask their priest about it... (not some athiest volunteer who has sad, self-absorbed thoughts).
Then, they should make up their own mind... not be recruited to join some anti-God club for moral support.
Believe or not believe. That's up to an individual. I know misery loves company, but there's no need to recruit someone who needs clarification and support from their priest who has studied theology and history for hours and hours.
By the way...
Faith is not based on evidence so trying to prove what someone believes in does not actually exist is a futile effort.
Hopefully my children will never question their faith because they have all the "evidence" they need in the Holy Spirit within them.
It's mid-January... I guess it's time to think about some resolutions, huh? Better late than NEVER?!
Well, I think resolutions never change but rather get re-prioritized from year to year.
It's a time to clearly voice your intentions for the new year ahead... but if all the same obstacles remain, how could the results be any different?
Ahhhh.... there lies the challenge.
Well, if you listen to the morning show you know I'm in love with my nutritionist (Emma Ware) and I'm in love with Yoga (Yoga in Common). Addicted to both. Aren't healthy addictions good for you??? Ummmm, that's a topic for another day.
Anyway, those continue to be my goals.... Healthy body, healthy mind.
"Church every Sunday" ...healthy spirit...
Spend more quality time ... regularly ... with my kids who are nearly adults!
Call my parents more often... more regularly.
Love more, Laugh often and Live Life to the Fullest.... Easier said than done, but achievable.
Hmmmm, the list looks the same as last year, but this year will be different... but my attitude ( my obstacle ) is different.
Attitude is the key to changing the journey you're on. We create happiness for ourselves and can not expect others to create that for us.
In the same vein, we can't blame others for our unhappiness.
That's another good goal:
I will be responsible for my own happiness.
How 'bout you?
Happy New Year!
Darn, I'm getting old.
I will always acknowledge this day... September 11th... I will never, ever forget.
But, I find it hard to emotionally go back there so I avoid memorial services. It's not because I don't want to go... it's just because it's too emotional and too raw to go back to the terror I felt that day and for months afterwards.
My family was directly affected by the events and aftermath of that fateful day ... but, thank God, we did not lose any personal family members.
But, still... living in New York those days... was a very dark time.
As we head back into war action against these terrorists again, I just hope and pray that we don't lose any military service men and women. I know in my heart how necessarry it is that we stomp out and eliminate ISIS, Al Qaeda, whatever... but I always think about the spouses, children and parents of the military and how they must feel when they give their loved one that last kiss and hug before they march off to war torn lands far away.
I pray for a quick, successful mission on this Patriot Day... and no matter what's going on or not going on in Washington, D.C., I am still a very proud American.
This country is the most amazing country on the planet and we must lead the world in achieving justice and peace. We may get it wrong sometimes or maybe it gets messy, but I want to believe that keeping Americans and our interests safe is in the hearts of our military generals and Commander in Chief.
God Bless America.
I'm going to need a lot of convincing that the 40 mile loop during the Atlantic Beach Memorial Day Bike Fest is going to achieve what needs to be achieved. Creating a Buzz Kill, dispersing crowds and keeping gang activity out of town.
Hmmmm.... doesn't seem like that the loop is going to be that effective...Does it to you?
We need a plain clothes task force that's familiar with the players in gang activity mingling amongst the crowd.
We need law enforcement pairs policing every corner.
We need ticket writers out and about ticketing those disobeying our laws. These do not have to be law enforcement officials.
We need crowd control barricades to contain the pedestrian activity.
The one-way traffic / emergency lane is necessary and so is the frequent trash pick up.
Businesses should definitely consider hiring security those nights, as well. It's necessary that they protect their own property on nights where our police force is stretched.
Like I said after Memorial Day, I hope that more locals stay in town that weekend and attend the Military Days events like we should. So many people work so hard to put those events together... and we reward them with sparse attendance? Take back downtown Myrtle Beach by just showing up. Don't run and give it up to lawless street party revelers. Show up and be counted. Take back Myrtle Beach.