Through out the history of our nation, since it?s founding in the fire of revolution in 1776, we have spent more time at war through either actual fighting or in proxy wars, than we have at peace.
We have fought wars against almost every major European power, including ones who are now our allies, such as Britain, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, as well as nations that are still not so friendly such as Russia.
America?s conflicts 1798 to 2004
Meanwhile, the Iowa State Judicial committee voted 13-8 yesterday to move the bill banning Marriage Equality out of committee and to the full State House. It is expected that this bill adding discrimination to our state constitution, will pass the House. Its chances in the State Senate are not nearly as certain. If it passes both the House and the Senate this year, it will have to do so again in Jan 2013. After which it will go to be voted on by the people in November 2013. If it fails to pass then the soonest it could be put on the ballot is 2016.
Today is National Coming Out Day.
Issac Katz wrote an essay that was published at stltoday, publicly coming out as gay. Issac is the son of proud homophobe Jonathan Katz, author of the 1999 essay ?In Defense of Homophobia?, and who was briefly a member of Obama?s science team working on the BP oil spill in the gulf. He was removed from the team after his homophobic views brought to attention.
It is harder to stay away from homosexuals, I would imagine, when your son is one. When I told my dad I was gay, his immediate response was, "No, you’re not." (My mom, by the way, was and is more supportive.) When my insistence finally overrode his denials, he echoed his online essay that I should deny who I am rather than to engage in an act so abhorrent as to love another man.
The whole essay by Issac is definitely worth the time to read.
Actor Chad Allen?s coming out story is a great read.