I just gotta say:

RE: This – California Supreme Court Overturns Gay Marriage Ban – NY Times
Please read: This – California’s marriage ruling – what it means and what it doesn’t mean – Salon.com
And This – Actual text of the ruling of the California Supreme Court – PDF

I have to say this, it’s been eating away at my soul. What the California Supreme Court did last week was not legalize same-sex marriage what they did was say that a law that said same-sex marriage is illegal was unconstitutional according to the interpretation of the California Constitituion. Not the US Constitution, not same-sex marriage here in good ole po-dunk redneck backwater land.

They did not say that any man or woman has the right to marry any other man or woman. What they said was, a law that says that a man cannot marry a man is not legal under the California Constitution. This is a huge difference however subtle the wording may seem.

My opinion of this entire thing is that no matter what your feeling, orientation or particular persuasion towards regular or double stuf Oreos, you should be treated equally and equitably under any and all laws in this country. If you prefer something I do not, fine, whether I agree with you in principle or in a moral way is indifferent to how I feel you should be treated under the law. Equally.

If you were part of any minority, would you favor laws that excluded others?

“With power comes great responsibility.”

Stand up for yourself!

I think a great deal of my readers are probably college age, at least hope more than 8 of you are. In college there are always group projects, I mean if you’re taking 4 classes at least 3 have a group project of some kind. These vary from a simple paper all the way up to papers with presentations including in-depth research and possibly even outside independent research. Most of them are no big deal once you get started, its just a matter of doing the work. There is one problem I almost always encounter with group work, the quiet one.

The quiet one is the person in the group who doesn’t have an opinion, doesn’t make any contributions unless asked and usually won’t speak during the presentation. We are all getting along in our college careers here, some of us are graduating real soon, its time to stand up and speak out, prove that your education has gotten you something besides a large debt and a lame excuse for wearing sweatpants past 10am.

If you have an opinion in a group make it known, if you can contribute anythign for the greater good, do it. If you can’t do either then you’re not trying hard enough, get to work!

Today is also the start of a new category here “Soapbox” will feature my rants about stuff that probably doesn’t matter to most, it usually won’t be factually based most of the time and will probably entice you to either cheer or cry out in frustration, enjoy!