Could it be? Have I finally gotten a taste of this thing called patriotism?
It’s old news by now, but today when I was on the phone with my dad, summarizing the last few weeks of news in my life, I realized just how jazzed I am about the referendum results in this month’s elections. I actually sounded proud to be American, maybe for the first time in my life!
OK, so these weren’t nation-wide changes, granted. And I may not smoke pot anymore, or be looking to marry another lady, but the referendums that passed in Washington, Colorado, Maryland and Maine are nothing short of inspirational. There could be hope for this old spread of land afterall …
Colorado & Washington Go Green
A giant step in the right direction, not only from my rather liberal point of view, but economically sound as well! Just think of all the potential profit from marijuana sales, not to mention all the money saved trying to capture harmless potheads! It’d be nice to think NYPD wouldn’t be wasting $75m per year making arrests for something as innocuous as reefer possession (the number one reason for arrest in the state – say what?) . . . when they could be making bank:
- From AOL’s Daily Finance: 3 Legit Angles to Profit from Decriminalized Pot
- From International Business Times: Marijuana Legalization Benefits Now Include Profit Potential For Wall Street Investors
- From Business Week: Marijuana Legalization: Potential US Revenue
Let’s just hope the Federal Government doesn’t smack down a court case in retaliation . . .
Big Gay High Fives for Maryland, Washington & Maine!
According to Wiki, “Since 2000, eleven countries (Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, and Sweden) and several sub-national jurisdictions (parts of Mexico and the United States) have begun to allow same-sex couples to marry.”
It’s an obvious fact: the right to marry should be a basic human right.
And as a tasty little cherry atop this delicious justice sundae, according to the Wall Street Journal, same sex marriage is a huge benefit to the economy! Washington state is looking to rake in a cool $89m dollars in the first three years of legalized same sex marriage alone.
That may be the kind of language we need to use with some of the more “stubborn,” shall we say, pockets of society who are still holding tight to an out-dated definition of marriage being between a man and woman. And don’t get me started on the Bible as proof of this kind of “logic!” If we take that thing as our rulebook, it’s polygamy, women as property, and slavery for all! (No offense, Christians, I’m down with most of the other stuff in there :o)) Religious dogma can have a paralyzying effect, but not in spiritual traditions like the Quakers, Episcopalians, the Metropolitan Community Church, the United Church of Christ, the United Church of Canada, Reform and Conservative Jews, Wiccans, Druids, Unitarian Universalists and Native American religions with a two-spirit tradition, which all practice same-sex marriages.
Maryland, Washington and Maine have now joined the ranks of nine state governments (along with the District of Columbia, the Coquille Indian Tribe, and the Suquamish tribe) that have legalized same-sex marriage and offer same-sex marriages: Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, and New York . . . Could Illinois be next? Or could it be Oregon, Hawaii and Colorado?
(Eeew, look at all that red! Those conservatives sure are proactive . . . )