Times Keep a-Changin’

This week it’s Cook County, Ill. and the state of Oregon leading the charge for equality. In case you haven’t heard, a federal district court judge in the Land of Lincoln has said there is no lawful impediment for making same-sex couples in Cook County wait to get married. So, Chicagoans, head down to the Court House!

And out in the Pacific Northwest, the attorney general of the Beaver State — *chuckle*; I’m five years old — has said that her state’s constitutional ban on marriage equality “cannot withstand a federal constitutional challenge under any standard of review.” Attorney General Ellen Rosenbaum said that while her office will not defend the ban, the state will continue to enforce the law until such time as it is overturned.

We are reaching the tipping point, friends, where these state constitutional bans on marriage equality are beginning to fall like so many dominoes. And that’s why you are seeing so many last minute crazy grabs to hold onto the past in places like Arizona, Kansas and Indiana.

Fifty years ago, Bob Dylan wrote and recorded these words:
Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside
And it is ragin’
It’ll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’.

©Bob Dylan|Special Rider Music

They resonate for us today as much as they ever have.

In The Buff Against Bullying – Andrew Sullivan [Video]

In Britain, the all-male culture of college sports is not quite the mass religion it is in the US, but it sure is a force that has historically been hostile to homosexuals in their midst. But here we have the new order: a Warwick University rowing club doing a naked calendar and video to benefit straight rugby player Ben Cohen’s campaign against anti-gay fear and bullying. I simply cannot begin to imagine such a thng happening when I was a student at Oxford.

via In The Buff Against Bullying – The Dish | By Andrew Sullivan – The Daily Beast.

Lovely little piece by Sullivan and a great short video. Good on ya, hunky, sporty, English rowy lads!

San Francisco Bans Public Nudity

San Francisco supervisors voted Tuesday afternoon to officially ban public nudity, marking the end of an era for a “city where anything goes.”

Supervisor Scott Wiener’s ordinance was approved in a 6-5 vote, with the moderates on the board generally supporting it and the progressives voting in opposition.

via San Francisco Bans Public Nudity: Supervisors Make Historic Vote.

I love the argument that requiring a minimal amount of clothing in public is a violation of freedom of speech. Some people may accuse me of being an ass or showing my ass, but actually showing my ass on the street — nothing to do with talking.

Also, the name of the sponsor of this legislation is Weiner. *chuckle* Hi, I’m 15.

PS – Why are there no beautiful nudists? If I wanted to see naked pudgy old people, I’d just look in the damn mirror!

This link from HuffPo also includes an AP story.