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Love: Valid… Bigotry: Not So Much

It’s Sunday, where recent tradition says I am supposed to post something stimulating, enlightening, inspiring.  I can’t think of anything more inspirational that happened over the past week than the Supreme Court’s ruling that the despicable Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional (and their upholding of a lower court’s invalidation of California’s Proposition 8).  I’m not so naïve as to equate this with something akin to nationwide legalization and recognition of same-sex marriage – this is still a long fight.  But it is right.  Go google the news articles and opinions.  Look at the photographs, like this one here.  The outpouring of joy.  Now try to justify to me why it’s right to marginalize these citizens, to deny them the same rights that my wife and I enjoy. 

The opponents of gay marriage are wrong.  Pure.  Simple.  Black.  White.  There is no justification.  Even if you don’t agree with it, it does not affect your marriage in the slightest.  It doesn’t affect your lives at all.  If anything, all it affects is your egotistical, misguided and antiquated world-view – and the rest of us are under no obligation to help you perpetuate that. 

Denying equal rights to GLBT couples does nothing but increase the totality of sadness in the world – and there’s enough sadness already built into life without human society adding more suffering to it.  We all deserve to love who we want and live our lives with who we want without segregation, limitation, or penalty, so long as our desires and activities do not violate anyone else’s rights – their ability to live their lives to the same degree.  That’s it.  That’s basic human reason.

And don’t thump your Bibles, Qurans or Torahs at me either.  I grew up steeped in Christian tradition, and even as a child and teenager I could have still told you that “love thy neighbor as thyself” trumps any grotesque, irrational, indefensible Old Testament pronouncements.  The way I see it, that truth is, in the parlance of America’s founding fathers, self-evident.  It needs no mythological or spiritual framework to remain correct.  It does not apply to one nation, one class, one clan over another.  It’s a human right.  It’s THE human right.  The concept of the equality of all human beings is a universal principle, and any institution that infringes on that equality is evil.

In further celebration of this week’s events, here are some vintage photos from some of the first-ever pride parades in the late sixties / early seventies.  Pretty cool.  Shine on you fabulous diamonds.  And know that there are those of us of the straight persuasion – even down here in the Deep South – that stand with you, passionately and always, until the last barriers are broken down.

 

Enchantress

ISO 1600, 1/25 sec @ f/1.4, 50mm
Nikon D800  |  AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G  
The Ridge – Lake Martin, Alabama USA
June 15, 2013  7:27 PM
© DRS 2013,
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See Otherwise

A weekly gallery of photographs I’ve come across in the internet’s vast expanse.  Mouse over the picture for the artist’s name and click to check out their portfolios or other source/presence on the web.  Enjoy.

Lin Zhipeng Nick Knight David Houncheringer Brendan Austin Rinko Kawauchi Mohammadreza Mirzaei Iann Troalen Lori Andrews Xin Li Gabriel Aguirre

An Aspen Assemblage

ISO 400, 1/60 sec @ f/4.0, 32mm
Nikon D90  |  AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II 
Sandia Crest – Albuquerque, New Mexico USA 
August 21, 2010  4:39 PM
© DRS 2013,
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Peppers, Planets, Bama, Borsodi, and an Art Train

India’s hottest chili pepper eating contest.  Excellent article.  Horrifying pictures.  Any contest where the winning contestant’s friends have to “escort him to a waiting ambulance” after the competition is a bit out of my league.

Nagaland Chili Competition

All right, Birminghammers – who else thinks this art train needs to make a stop at Railroad Park?

More incredibly detailed Mars pictures from Curiosity.  I could put this in full-screen mode and click around randomly for hours.  There’s a picture of a rock that is split open because Curiosity drove over it and broke it apart.  That blows my mind.  Something we made is just trundling around on the surface of another freaking planet! 

Football season is still something like, what, three months away?  I’m going to leave this here regardless.  Look at Eddie Lacy just stand motionless while the Irish d-line collapses in around him, then slips through untouched, catches the ball and spins into the end zone like a boss.  I’m glad someone made a .gif of this play.  Saves my TiVo remote hand.  Basketball and hockey suck, by the way.  I hate this time of year.

BCS Spin

Now check out this photograph:

bela-borsodi

That’s “photograph” – singular.  As in not four separate photographs.  Check out how this was done.  Now be glad the artist did it so none of us have to.  Wow, that is intricate.

Until next Tuesday, dear readers.

Greensboro Walls No. 1 & 2

ISO 125, 1/30 sec @ f/2.8, 28mm
Nikon D800  |  NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8   
Pie Lab – Greensboro, Alabama USA
May 25, 2013  1:22 PM
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ISO 100, 1/250 sec @ f/4.0, 28mm
Nikon D800  |  NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8   
Downtown – Greensboro, Alabama USA
May 25, 2013  2:09 PM
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(cc) by-nc-nd