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    January 18, 2009

    Smoking dope and marrying gays...

    Posted by: Chris

    Change Well, the votes are in at Change.org, and equal immigration rights for same-sex couples didn't make the Top 10 ideas, which will be presented to Barack Obama after his swearing-in -- or did it?

    On the one hand, the issue finished second among all ideas for immigration reform, but ultimately received only 1,325 votes in the second round of balloting. That put it not only out of the Top 10 but about a thousand votes short of the next 25 top ideas at the site.

    On the other hand, marriage equality did make the final list, and equal marriage rights -- or even repealing DOMA or federal civil unions -- would effectively equalize immigration rights as well. While that's good news, it's instructive to see what finished ahead even of marriage equality.

    In a fairly clever move, the folks at Change.org -- no connection with Change.gov, the official Obama transition site -- listed the top 10 finishers on the home page in something of a random order based on importance of the idea. But if you visit the web page for each idea, you can see how they really tallied.

    Legalizing marijuana was the top vote-getter, just ahead of creating a new cabinet agency called the Department of Peace and Non-Violence.:

    1. Legalize marijuana, 19,530 votes
    2. Create Dep't of Peace and Non-Violence: 14,994
    3. Single-payer health insurance: 13,928
    4. Make the grid green: 12,913
    5. Repeal Patriot Act: 12, 285
    6. Exempt handmade toy makers from safety rules:  12,280
    7. Health care freedom: 12,062
    8. Pass the DREAM Act for immigrants: 12,010
    9. Pass marriage equality nationwide: 11,889
    10. Energy sustainability: 9,644

    No other gay rights ideas, including repealing DOMA and passing the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act, made the top 35, which means they finished behind stopping puppy mills and introducing Esperanto as a foreign language subject in U.S. schools.

    While you join me in a collective eyeroll, we can at least remember that the site was a useful venue to raise the visibility of immigration and marriage equality, among other LGBT issues.   



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    1. Osito de papi on Jan 18, 2009 12:02:24 PM:

      I really like your blog. I just found it and completely understand the problems facing gay couples and immigration. My partner is from Central America. We met online and have been together for 4 years (I visit him regularly). He's tried to get visas with no luck. And, because I have no rights as a gay citizen, I can't help him get here. Gay people should have the same rights to sponsor their partner from a foreign country. We pay the same taxes, follow the same laws and yet we do know have the same rights. Kudos to you and your blog! I'll be reading every day!

    1. Rev Spitz on Jan 18, 2009 1:14:53 PM:

      Whatever you think, you will not be able to change God's Word and will one day have to pay the price for not believing what God has written.
      Leviticus 18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

      Leviticus 20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

      Romans 1:22-27

      V22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, V23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

      V24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

      V25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, Who is blessed for ever. Amen.

      V26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

      V27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

      SAY THIS PRAYER: Dear Jesus, I am a sinner and am headed to eternal hell because of my sins. I believe you died on the cross to take away my sins and to take me to heaven. Jesus, I ask you now to come into my heart and take away my sins and give me eternal life. http://www.armyofgod.com

    1. Chuck on Jan 18, 2009 4:34:41 PM:

      Reverend Spitz. Read my lips.

      FUCK YOU.

    1. InExile on Jan 18, 2009 5:42:04 PM:

      Reverend Spitz,
      You are an idiot!!!! How dare you spread your hate on this website! GO TO HELL!!!!!!

    1. Cany on Jan 18, 2009 7:33:06 PM:

      well, i am not surprised about marijuana legalization because it isn't just about that... has to do with prisons, economics and, yes, marijuana (for personal and med use). they have one heck of a lobby.

      Surprised DOMA was on the list when you didn't mention DADT though Obama's press sec. said, last week, that they WOULD be working to repeal DADT.

      As far as puppy mills, well, they SHOULD be outlawed. They are an unneccssary evil which causes untold pain and suffering.

    1. InExile on Jan 18, 2009 7:52:39 PM:

      Rev. Spitz,
      People like you are what is wrong with this world! The only difference between you and the Taliban in Afghanistan or a Rabid Cleric in Iran is you are an American Christian. Using your religion to divide people and force your beliefs on others is wrong. Our country was founded on the separation of church and state and your radical views have no place in a democracy! People like you have started the majority of the wars in the world going back to the beginning of time, fighting over religion with no respect for the views of others! I wish you the best of luck in your quest to inflict ruin and destruction on your fellow man, you will reap the seeds you sew on yourself and others like you! You should take a nice long look in the mirror because what you see will not be a pretty site! Shame on you for being so full of hate!

    1. Lucrece on Jan 18, 2009 8:45:44 PM:

      Ha, isn't the prioritizing of marijuana's decriminalization peculiar? Followed by a "Dept. of Non-Violence and Peace" (talk about empty symbols).

      ...Yeah, this list won't be taken too seriously.

    1. Chris on Jan 19, 2009 2:28:15 PM:

      I can only shake my head when I see us respond to Rev Spitz and his fellow travelers with hate and vile language. Maybe it makes you feel better in the moment, but since when is our movement about trying to out-hate the other side?

    1. Chuck on Jan 19, 2009 7:44:55 PM:

      There he goes again (Chris), defending the religious, homophobic, bigot/hater who has absolutely no business posting his bigoted rhetoric on this blog, while berating the recipients of this homophobic attack, namely, the few remaining readers Citizen Crain has left.

      Not only are we the readership expected to be gracious, accepting and thankful for our debasement we just received, in the name of the bible and god, from the good Rev. Spitz, now we must tolerate being scolded, like little children, by the blog task master.

      Way to go, Chris!

      *shaking my head as well*

      Not only has the congregation left, the Choir is also beginning to disband as well.

    1. Bob on Jan 20, 2009 2:49:52 PM:

      *sigh*... but really... is "F**k you and Go To Hell" the best we can do?

    1. Chuck on Jan 20, 2009 9:00:37 PM:

      Any better suggestions, Bob?

      Actually, if you will examine the comments of Rev. Spits, he delivered his "fuck you" and the implied "Go to hell" to the LGBT community in a rather long-winded, roundabout sort of way.

      We simply returned the compliment with less verbosity. ;-)

    1. Brian Barker on Jan 21, 2009 2:25:24 PM:

      An interesting development for Esperanto as well!

      It's unfortunate, however, that only a few people know that it has become a living language.

      During a short period of 121 years Esperanto is now in the top 100 languages, out of 6,800 worldwide, according to the CIA factbook. It is the 17th most used language in Wikipedia, and in use by Skype, Firefox and Facebook.

      Native Esperanto speakers,(people who have used the language from birth), include George Soros, World Chess Champion Susan Polger, Ulrich Brandenberg the new German Ambassador to NATO and Nobel Laureate Daniel Bovet.

      Further information can be seen at http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8837438938991452670 A glimpse of the language can be seen at http://www.lernu.net

    1. A Parent on Jan 27, 2009 1:06:59 PM:

      Rev. (sic) Spitz's opinion on the behaviors of others should carry no weight whatsoever. He uses his own website to try to make heroes out of murdering terrorists like Paul Hill, Eric Rudolph, John Salvi, and James Kopp. He is so delusional that he thinks that he was ordained by the International Gospel Crusade, a denomination that only exists in his imagination.

    1. Tim on Jan 27, 2009 8:58:05 PM:

      lol Rev, why would assume I get my morality out of an out of date book? I don't get mad that ancient jews didn't like gays, and I don't get mad about modern christians hating gays. I do get mad when you assume I have to follow your book even if I'm not a christian. Probably like you get mad if a muslim tells you ur a bad muslim because your not obeying the koran.

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