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.

Bishop to Hold Gay Marriage ‘Exorcism’ When Gov. Signs Bill

Ill. Catholic bishop to hold gay marriage ‘exorcism’ when governor signs bill – LGBTQ Nation.

Bishop Thomas John Paprocki, leader of the Catholic Diocese of Springfield, said marriage between gays and lesbians is a union that “comes from the devil and should be condemned as such,” reported the State Journal-Register.

Here’s the thing. Pope Francis can be all new age popey and kiss babies and pat heads and preach inclusion and what not, but until be says to church leaders that this kind of thing will not be tolerated in the Roman Catholic church, then I still have no use for him.