This is a blog for the Mental Health Policy Class at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work.

March 1, 2006

Support for Civil Commitment Ceremonies

"'We suggest you decline an invitation to a civil commitment ceremony,' Melissa Fryrear told a group of parents. Some busily took notes; a few others wiped away tears. 'So many Christians are yielding on this part,' she said."

4 comments:

Leslie said...

The best wedding, bar none, that I ever attended was between two women. The setting was in Tower Grove Park, and it was by far the most meaningful, beautiful ceremony I have witnessed. I am appalled that the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, which has become such a thin publication, devoted so many columns and pages to this conference.

FYI, the Bible also says we are supposed to stone adulterers to death, but we have evolved enough over the centuries to delete that from our societies, otherwise half of our righteous politicians would be dead...

jgilsinn said...

I agree Leslie. It upsets me so much when religion and the bible are used as a justification for societal injustice. The bible was misused to justify slavery, the holocaust, and countless wars throughout the world. When do people begin to utilize the correct messages from all religions. Treat others as you wish to be treated. Peace. Justice for all. Love thy neighbor. Think what the world would be like then.

Crystal Jones said...

It is frightening to me to see the veil that many hold over their eyes, seeing only what they want to see...that which suits their own agenda. Conservative religious homophobic groups see a homosexual, not for the person he or she is...but as someone who needs changing, who needs witnessing, all because of their own fear of difference. If their mission is one in the name of God and love, then why not allow God to be the judge? In the mean time, love your neighbor with all his/her differences and do not pass judgment, for this too is in the Bible!

Danny Wedding said...

You guys are getting it . . . this is exactly how the class blog was designed to be used.

I've personally been somewhat ambivalent about civil commitment ceremonies . . . participation seems to imply that this is "good enough" when I personally support full rights to marriage for gays and lesbians. That said, I usually want to honor whatever decision my friends have made about how to celebrate and honor their love for one another.