November 19th, 2003

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mmmmmm

I'm finishing up the last of the Kenya coffee I roasted as I type. It turned out excellently - not just for a first experiment, either. I'm afraid Ulysses is right, I'm going to get spoiled.
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work with me here

Ok, kids: if marriage is a sacred institution, that pretty much falls within the bailiwick of church, correct? In which case the government should back the fuck off.

Or have we completely ceased to bother about the separation of church and state? Not being churched, I lose track of these things.

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I cannot understand why this issue threatens so many people. I honestly can't. Are they threatened by queer folk being able to get driver's licenses? to register to vote?

Wait... what if it's not a queer issue. What if it's a gender issue. What if it's about making sure Men are different from Women. If men and women truly are equal in the eyes of the law, why shouldn't marriages be contracted between any permutation of partners? This whole thing reminds me most of the miscegenation laws.

If I end up married at some point, no one will be more surprised than myself, for a number of reasons. I'm not certain I'm capable of seeing this issue clearly, for a lot of those same reasons.

I expect people to be logical, I guess. So when someone is behaving illogically, I look for a root cause or belief that would make the behavior seem logical. This one really stumps me, though.
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and if that's not cheery enough

The BBC is doing a talking points series on AIDS that is chilling.

It appears there is a long-standing cultural belief in something called 'the virgin cure'. That is, sex with a virgin will cure diseases (especially sexually transmitted ones). Including (if not especially) HIV/AIDS. The younger the virgin, the more potent the cure.

I'm sure you can follow this one to its natural conclusion, nasty as it is.

Then there's the bit about using a condom means you don't trust your partner.

I can't write about this. I vacillate between lividity and despair.