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Gay Marriage: We've won the battle, will we win the war?

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 26, 2015, a day that will live forever in our hearts, gave gay and lesbian couples the same marriage rights as opposite-sex couples. This is a tremendous moment for celebration.

And yet, the Court's 5/4 decision does not completely resolve the issue of gay marriage in America. There are still those who would subjugate all of us to their religious interpretations making those interpretations the law of the land by claiming "First Amendment Religious Freedom rights" to continue denying fellow citizens their inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Gaining equality has been and will continue to be a slow -- often elusive -- process. Magna Carta, the Civil War, Equal Rights, Loving v Virginia are but a thimble's full of examples in history. Religious freedom is the backbone of our Bill of Rights that our country’s founders demanded be added to the Constitution to protect individual freedoms. Many of our earliest colonists came here for religious freedom only to set up their own totalitarian theocracies -- Mary Dyer, a Quaker, was hanged in Boston in 1660 because of her religious beliefs -- and deny others that same choice. So it will continue for some time to come. How long before full acceptance of equality?

Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson once said: "The very purpose of a Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from the vicissitudes of political controversy, to place them beyond the reach of majorities . . . and to establish them as legal principles to be applied by the court . . . fundamental rights may not be submitted to vote; they depend on the outcome of no elections."

We can only continue to march forward. Enjoy this moment, this giant leap.

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jxi 

Rape

Rape is a horror, a crime against humanity. It assassinates the soul; destroys its victims over and over for much, if not all, of their lives. It should never be questioned whether rape is a capital crime. Rape is THE capital crime. The Supreme Court is wrong. Too many states' laws are wrong.

In some countries, different cultures, rape is an instrument of war, of genocide. And even there, the perpetrators are rarely put to death; because the victims are perceived in some perverted way to be at fault—to have aided and abetted their ravaging, and are therefore shunned, less likely to marry. Victims are never, ever, at fault.

And here, our society has its own perverse double standard. On the one hand, we tell people that if they are raped, don’t fight back, don’t do anything that might cause the rapist to want to kill them. Then, when they must testify at trial, a defense scumbag asks, “why didn’t you scream? why didn’t you fight?” implying that it is somehow the victim's fault. Victimizing the victim again. What crap! Death may be final, but rape is a constant hell.

[If you've been raped, no matter when, or know someone who has, contact the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline. Someone's always there to help, 24/7.]

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  Breast Reduction

I never asked to be built like an unmilked Guernsey. Big breasts have been a pain and distraction most of my life. Where's the attraction, the allure? All I got out of it was a bad back, expensive bras and cheap leers. Men may like looking at big breasts, but they don't have to wear them. Not that I'm looking for a man anyway.

At the end of "Bad Bitch Blues", I finally unloaded my double-H albatross for a much pleasanter, and comfortable, C cup. It took a long time to achieve my goal. Saving enough was a major hurdle. Being an independent private detective isn't all profit and getting rich. Far from it. And my health and liability insurance didn't cover reduction mammaplasty. The joy of being "normal" has been incalculable.

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