Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Only Slightly Off Topic

I just wanted to say congratulations to all the gay and lesbian couples in California who are getting legally married today. Among them is a lesbian couple, Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin, who have been together for 50 years.

M and I were married in our church, the United Church of Christ. As a denomination, UCC supports same-sex marriage, though because it is Congregational, some congregations do not. Our pastor who performed our wedding at United Church of Chapel Hill, is now in California and today is getting legally married to her partner. I wish them all the best, and hope for the day when my religion will no longer be discriminated against and my marriage too will be legal. And for when the Foreign Service will treat same-sex couples who choose to marry the same way they treat heterosexual couples who choose to marry.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Any reaction to this article?

The results showed that gay men had symmetrical brains like those of straight women, and homosexual women had slightly asymmetrical brains like those of heterosexual men. Symmetry is thought to favor verbal skills, the report said.

The differences were pronounced. For example, the right cerebral hemisphere in heterosexual men was 624 cubic centimeters -- 12 cubic centimeters greater than the left side. In homosexual men, the right hemisphere was 608 cubic centimeters -- 1 cubic centimeter smaller than the left.

In heterosexual women, there was no volume difference between right and left hemispheres. But in homosexual women, their right hemisphere was 5 cubic centimeters larger than the left.

If anything, it should show that homosexuality is not a choice, and an unavoidable consequence of pre natal conditions. On the other hand, it does not provide a clear rationale for the government providing benefits to gay couples the same as straight couples.