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Vermont Legalizes Same Sex Marriage


“Vermont’s House and Senate voted Tuesday to override the governor’s veto of a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in the state. (CNN)”

As a Vermonter I’ve always been disappointed that our forward thinking state hadn’t legalized same-sex marriage after being the first state to recognize civil unions. I jumped for joy when I read this headline. I was feeding my Facebook addiction and celebrated by giving the Thumbs Up to all the statuses that were feeling the positive vibes of equality. That is, until I came across one very negative review of these recent changes. “It’s a sad state of immorality for Vermont. I’m ashamed of those who voted for it. They need to read leviticus.”

I can get down with other people’s beliefs. Everyone is coming from a different place and has a different perspective. “Other cultures are not failed attempts at being you; they are unique manifestations of the human spirit” (Wade Davis). BUT, blaming immorality on not reading Leviticus? Give me a break. Even if you are Christian, Leviticus is the most ridiculous chapter in the whole Bible.

You may condemn homosexuality by using Leviticus 18:22

“Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.”

If you’re going to go that path I have a few more rules I hope you’re enforcing:

Don’t eat shellfish or any water-dwelling creature that doesn’t have scales. (Leviticus 11:9-10)

Diagnose skin rashes via a priest. (Leviticus 13:1-46)

Don’t plant a field with different seeds and make sure to throw out that polyester/cotton blend sweater because you can’t wear clothes with two kinds of material. And don’t let your cows roam around in the same field as goats or horses, cattle can’t graze together. (Leviticus 19:19)

Put down that razor and those scissors and stop shaving your beard and cutting your hair! (Leviticus 19:27)

I sure hope you aren’t for strict immigration laws because you’re supposed to treat them as your native-born kin. (Leviticus 19:33)

Kids who mouth off to their parent’s should be put to death. (Leviticus 20:9)

People with physical defects (including little people, hunchbacks, and the blind) cannot go to God’s altar. (Leviticus 20:17-23)

If you’re real careful, and do all that, then I might entertain a conversation that includes Leviticus. I really wish I could’ve just “thumbs down” that negative vibe status.

Kristance Harlow

April 7, 2009

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