Is it me, or is the world just unusually full of epic fail today?
I had always thought that funerals were for the living, but not, apparently, if you're gay.
A megachurch in Arlington, TX, cancelled a memorial service for 46 year old Gulf War vet only 24 hours in advance of the ceremony.
According to the chron.com article
, The church's pastor, the Rev. Gary Simons, said no one knew Sinclair, who was not a church member, was gay until the day before the Thursday service, when staff members putting together his video tribute saw pictures of men "engaging in clear affection, kissing and embracing."
Simons said the church believes homosexuality is a sin, and it would have appeared to endorse that lifestyle if the service had been held there.
"We did decline to host the service — not based on hatred, not based on discrimination, but based on principle," Simons told The Associated Press. "Had we known it on the day they first spoke about it — yes, we would have declined then. It's not that we didn't love the family."
Sinclair's brother is a janitor at the church.
The church did offer to pay have the memorial at a community center, but the family felt that was an inappropriate venue and opted for a funeral home.
Sinclair's sister, Kathleen Wright, maintains that the church knew Sinclair was gay andwas unimpressed with the church's efforts to atone. "It's a slap in the face. It's like, 'Oh, we're sorry he died, but he's gay so we can't help you,'" she said.
And, speaking of gay, what about Bill?
I am in full agreement with Nicole Belle over at Crooks and Liars
. If you're a presidential candidate, you don't go into a GLBT debate without a prepared answer to "Is homosexuality a choice, or is it biological?"
Gov. BIll Richardson was at the HRC/LOGO VisibleVote 08 debate.
Here is the initial exchange with Melissa EtheridgeMS. ETHERIDGE: Thank you.
Do you think homosexuality is a choice, or is it biological?
GOV. RICHARDSON: It's a choice. It's --
MS. ETHERIDGE: I don't know if you understand the question. (Soft laughter.) Do you think I -- a homosexual is born that way, or do you think that around seventh grade we go, "Ooh, I want to be gay"?
GOV. RICHARDSON: Well, I -- I'm not a scientist. It's -- you know, I don't see this as an issue of science or definition. I see gays and lesbians as people as a matter of human decency. I see it as a matter of love and companionship and people loving each other. You know I don't like to categorize people. I don't like to, like, answer definitions like that that, you know, perhaps are grounded in science or something else that I don't understand.
He answered that it was a choice in the debate, then backtracked, and said he misunderstood the question.
I was really impressed with Richardson at first. But, as the debates go on, Dennis Kucinich is looking better and better. He is the only one who unequivocally says the words "Gay Marriage" together in a sentence. Not "domestic partnership", not "civil union", not "states rights" but marriage.
Last, but not least, remember when a few Democrats brought up the possibility of a draft
to relieve the burden on the steadily increasing time the troops have to spend in the field? The White House and the Republicans said, "Naw, we don't need them!"
Recall when Donald Rumsfeld said "there isn't a chance in the world that the draft will be brought back"?It seems they're singing a different tune now.
The president is still refusing to consider it. But his chief advisor is wanting to put the possibility on the table.