Friday, June 26, 2015

Marriage Equality - DINNER WITH FRIENDS - The Yankees

Breaking News==>The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry anywhere in the United States.

While gay and lesbian couples can already marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia, the court’s ruling means that the remaining 14 states, mostly in the south and midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage.

The final paragraph of the majority decision, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, pretty much says it all --

“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.

The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed.

It is so ordered.”
Wow!! Now that is powerful.

As might be expected, Justice Antonin Scalia wrote a puke-inducing dissent. I won’t waste my time, or your time, to comment on it.

Also ... as might be expected ... the Republican reaction to the decision was instant and heated. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said the ruling “tramples on states’ rights” and will “pave way for an all-out assault against the religious freedoms of Christians.” Rick Santorum tweeted that five “unelected judges redefined the foundational unit of society.” Mike Huckabee: “I will not acquiesce to an imperial court any more than our Founders acquiesced to an imperial British monarch.”

Oh, the drama ... 

Bottom line ... it was a long time coming ... but it has now arrived and I am soooooooooo happy for our community ... now ... let's just move on.

Speaking of moving on ... 

Billi Pod’s entertainment event for tonight is ...

8:00==>DINNER WITH FRIENDS - “Ever since Karen and Gabe played matchmaker with their friends Beth and Tom, the two couples have been inseparable - going to the Vineyard every summer, raising their kids and enjoying countless dinners together. But when one marriage unexpectedly crumbles, the couples' lives begin to veer in opposite directions. Can these four friends move on to the next chapter without moving apart... or have they changed beyond recognition?”

I saw a production of this Pulitzer Prize winning show in NYC back on June 29, 2014, and gave it an A-.

This show is playing at the Mad Cow Theatre on West Church Street in downtown Orlando, has a running time of 2:00, including intermission, and runs through July 18th

As I did on Wednesday, I will head downtown via bus and SunRail. Hopefully the weather will permit some more walking and wandering in the downtown area.

Now ... on the sports scene ... for you Marty ...

Last night the Yankees lost 4-0 to the Astros, in Houston, as Dallas Keuchel pitched a complete game, giving up only 6 hits and striking out 12. A-Rod struck out 3 times.

Tonight at 8:10pm is the second game of the 4-game series.

On the mound for the Yankees (39-34) will be Nathan Eovaldi (6-2) vs. Vince Velasquez (0-0) for the Astros (43-32)

In closing ... I am really looking forward to seeing the just released movie, TED 2, about a potty-mouthed teddy bear that's been magically brought to life, who wages a legal battle to prove his humanity. This sequel features Mark Wahlberg and the voice of Seth MacFarlane.

It is playing at the theater in Winter Park Village and I know it is going to draw huge crowds.



Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>3.44  miles (or, 7,522 steps)

Total mileage for 2015==>726.13 miles (average 4.13 miles per day)

Billi Pod
“Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.”

1 comment:

Marty (Whatever) said...

Just wanted to say thanks for not forgetting me. I really appreciate the mention every (well...most) day in the blog at just the precise spot where I stop reading. Oh, I've tried to make sense out of the silliness you write about you and your balls but I've found it just makes no sense to me at all. It hurts my delicate homosexual sensibilities. Happy Gay Pride!