Monday, July 6, 2015

Cowboy couple

John Duffy, a clinical psychologist writing for Huffington Post, says there is another impact from the same-sex marriage ruling. He will see a lot fewer young people who come to him because they are ashamed of being gay and want him to help make them straight.

Katie Lang, clerk of Hood County, Texas has been denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples because to her religious beliefs. A couple cowboys, or a cowboy couple together for 27 years, filed a lawsuit. Lang immediately offered the men a license. The couple say they will not drop the suit until Lang agrees to issue licenses to all same-sex couples and to pay their attorneys' fees.

Russ Towers, clerk of conservative Paris, Texas, is gay. He was appointed clerk in April. He is delighted to be able to hand out licenses to same-sex couples. He faces election next year, but trusts by then voters will notice how he has improved the voting experience.

Lonn Taylor, writing for Washington Spectator, is a born and bred Southern boy. He tells us the Confederate flag currently at the center of a lot of fuss, was not the national flag of the Confederacy, but a battle flag. The national flag looked too much like the Union flag for the heat of battle. This battle flag was mostly ignored by Southerners after the war until Strom Thurmond ran for president in 1948 as a candidate of the States Rights Democratic Party. That prompted its adoption as a symbol of racist opposition to integration. That is all it is now.

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