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Sun Jun 28, 2015, 5:39 AM by Mephistophilez:iconmephistophilez:


Congratulations to the US, the LGBT community, and all the activists and supporters who have worked hard to make marriage equality legal across the country. The SCOTUS decision on Friday was a huge victory. When you look at just how fast this swept the country and attitudes on same sex marriage have changed, especially compared to past movements, it really is amazing. Here is a chronological view of the shift. This gives me great hope for the future, because it demonstrates in real terms just what we can accomplish in a short time despite great opposition. And it gives me hope that maybe we as a species are starting to care less about our differences and more about our shared humanity.

I have to admit, the crying and whining from the religious right is almost as sweet as the victory itself and seeing all the support. Their venomous hate filled words have lost some of their sting, and their wailing about in response to the decision just makes them appear even more pathetic. And the insanely melodramatic rhetoric, they're really amping the persecution complex up to 11. Unfortunately this noise isn't going to go away now, if anything they're going to kick and scream even louder. We were also recently just given a terrible reminder of what hate manifested is capable of doing, so it's hard to dismiss these nuts too lightly. But they can't tear down this accomplishment no matter how much they try.

Also I have to say that while I am very glad some liberal Christians are supporters of marriage equality, don't forget who was opposed to it. The reasons for denying same sex marriage has been religious, the forces pouring millions into fighting equality have been religious, and those still screaming and discriminating are religious. Christians have a tendency to take credit for movements of progress they were hindering, and I can already see hints at liberal or opportunistic Christians trying to use this for their religion. And it's a little terrifying when their reasons for supporting equality are based on the bible. I'm glad when people change their minds, but I know who was protesting pride events, and it wasn't the lovey dovey Christian message painted on their signs.

Even though this is a time to celebrate, don't think this issue is solved and the work is done. Marriage equality is only one part of ensuring fair and equal treatment for LGBT, and forces opposed to progress are already working to find other ways to discriminate and oppress. There is also plenty of work to be done to still win hearts and minds, the trans community in particular is still marginalized. But now we can look at this move forward for inspiration and use the momentum for future progress.



"If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall be put to death, their blood is upon them." -Leviticus 20:13 (RSV)
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61 deviants said No, I was always a supporter of marriage equality
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WingDiamond Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015
Hey fellow apostates, could use some support over here :pointr: :iconworldevents: The place has been overrun by fundies, end-of-the-worlders, ect!
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YamiPingu Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Was gonna be baptised when I was a baby, but my parents ended up being busy. Glad they were, I hate believing in something that I don't believe is real!
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alexgameanimeex35 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Guys, I made two deviations, could you please approve of them ? 
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InkyShade Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Student
Left church and I'm happy C:
Screw heaven, I'll go to Valhalla :D
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Anicomicgeek Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know what I believe anymore, not sure if I'm agnostic or atheist, but all I know is I doubt what I spent most of my life taught to believe in.
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Ozultima Featured By Owner May 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for adding my journal for the group :)
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Nahmala Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I was raised Christian, became an atheist for many years, and now I am Muslim. Am I welcome here?
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WingDiamond Featured By Owner May 3, 2015
Hey Lisa-im-lern ... You Got A Problem with ME?
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ShadowofWOPR Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015
I'm not even sure if I should join considering I gave up christianity when I was only 4 years old.
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Sparkskitty67 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Atheist in the house Dancing :la: 
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JINXDROWNED Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, I didn't expect you guys to want my stamp. xD But hey, you're welcome to add it in the group. Thanks for asking! ^^
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