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I’m sure you’ve heard about the Supreme Court ruling by now.

This is what the Campaign for Southern Equality has to say about it. I agree. The tv is telling me at least two marriages have already been performed in Mississippi.

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Part Time Monster has also chimed in, and Deep South Daily is taking the day to share photos of celebrations on their social media submitted by Mississippians. Info in this post on their Facebook page, and they’re @DeepSouthDaily on Twitter.

Can you tell I’m happy about this?

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Updated: Not entirely suprising, but obstruction from some states and more legal wrangling is coming.

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Personal.

I am having a strange moment of cognitive dissonance right now. I’m supposed to be getting Tolkien and Batman ready for later in the week on the other blogs, but there’s a knock-down, drag-out legislative battle going on around me over Mississippi Senate Bill 2681, which would allow people to assert religious freedom as a way of discriminating against non-heterosexual people, and would also, in my opinion, open the door to all kinds of other mischief.

Since I’m too stirred up to write about books right now, and I’m waiting on my social media to tell me what to do next, I thought I’d come here and express my feelings about all this. So here’s how I feel.

First of all, we need to get away from the business of prescribing sexual norms to consenting adults. Sexual prescription is one of the hallmarks of authoritarian societies, and I think the Western world has had enough authoritarianism to do us until the end of time. Everything else I say here really flows from this first point. Non-violence is a theological principle for me which I will not compromise. The belief that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights is something I take for granted, so you can see why my patience is running out with people who want to make sexuality criteria for legal discrimination, and use religious freedom arguments to back it up.

Second, I am embarrassed for Mississippi, because this is not how we really treat people. Our legislature is pandering to the 60-and-older crowd with a few fundamentalists thrown in. Young Southern people are different than the way Southerners are portrayed in the media. They have interracial relationships. They have differently-sexual relationships. They’re friendly to first-generation immigrants.

Third (and now we might be getting somewhere) I’m a little pissed off about the fact that I feel compelled to participate in politics all of a sudden. Because I swore off participation the minute I actually felt competent to understand it.

Politics is nasty business. It gives people an excuse to destroy one another, and mostly, the destruction is over nothing. It makes me sick to look at it. But at the same time, it affects peoples’ lives. And I’m talking about real people – sons, daughters, parents, wives, husbands, cousins. Homeless people and rich people.Politics is important, whether I like it or not. I do understand it, and I’m good at it. You know what that means.

So I don’t know what to do, as I sit here and wait to see what the next move is, except write this, and publish it even though it’s really not up to snuff, and hope that this time — just this once, my side wins.

The bill is online now. (Via Deep South Progressive.)

TGIF

Just a quick post to wish everyone a happy weekend. I’ve been a little under the weather this week, and I have a big event at work on Monday, but I think I have everything in hand, so hopefully I’ll be able to get some writing done this weekend.

Here are the things I’m working on, for those of you who are following my process and plans.

  • A post on marriage equality for Sourcerer. I spent all my writing time on this last night, and it’s still not good enough to publish. I changed my schedule and put this at the top of the list because this is one of the three issues I’ve identified as suitable political blogging for Sourcerer, and my social media is awash in pink equal signs and rainbow flags at the moment because my home state is considering a nasty piece of legislation that could allow all manner of discrimination under the guise of protecting religious freedom. My general rule is that only 10 percent or so of Sourcerer’s content be political. I think of the political posting I do there as the editorial page, but sometimes this stuff has to get done, and at the moment this is both a local issue and one that directly affects people I know.
  • Another installment of my Tolkien series for Part Time Monster. I intended to have one for today, but spent last night working on the post I just mentioned.
  • Awards posts. I need to give awards to a lot of bloggers  in the next couple of weeks. Once I get the two top-priority posts taken care of, I’m writing at least three awards posts before I do one more thing.

In case you missed our debut of Part Time Monster’s Pinterest account earlier this week, here’s a writing-related board you might enjoy exploring.

There are many more boards there, covering everything from Blogging and Social Media to Digital Humanities to images of tattoos, and a lot of them are themed to match the content of our blogs (So, things like Comics, Tolkien, Batman, and Feminism). Diana put a lot of thought into the initial setup, and once we’re a little further along, I plan to build a few boards there myself.

I have next Tuesday off, and the following week is spring break, so I’m just trying to get through the next week or so, then I’ll be able to really catch up, and hopefully get most of my writing for the A to Z Challenge done.

It’s good to be busy! Thanks for reading our blogs and for encouraging us to keep this project going. I’m always happy to meet up with bloggers on other social media, and I don’t mind promoting blogs I like. In fact, I sort of enjoy it.