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    Prop 8 & Gay Marriage

    Monday, January 12, 2009, 6:11 PM [General]

    Prop 8 succeeded in October 08. However the war is far from over. I believe for the Government to not recognize gay marriage, is a act of religious discrimination in addition to state interferince in religion. Actually the Prop 8 supporters succeeded in scaring many voters (by making a misleading claim that children would taught gay-sex is OK in schools) who were otherwise OK with gay marriage.  As has happened in history before many times, in this case too a religious majority has successfully deprived a minority of its rights (existing rights in this case) by forcing its dogma on them. But  in my view, for the longer term the Christian religious right is fighting a loosing battle.  

    Here is a press release by Hindu group advocating rejection of Prop 8 in California.

    "Navya Shastra Urges California Voters to Reject Proposition 8

    Troy, Michigan—October 31, 2008—Navya Shastra, the international Hindu reform organization, urges California voters to reject Proposition 8, which would eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry under state law.

    The organization notes that Hinduism has never classified homosexuality as a sin against God. While some ancient law codes have spoken out against homosexual acts, the tradition has never called for the persecution of homosexuals. In fact, there is ample evidence that alternative lifestyles have been accepted throughout Hindu history. Several modern Hindu leaders have also spoken positively of gay rights, though disappointingly, a significant percentage of American Hindus remain uncomfortable with homosexuality. “According to the Hindu contemplative tradition, we are all manifestations of the one universal spirit, straight or gay, and worthy of the same respect and rights” said Jaishree Gopal, Navya Shastra Chairman, “we urge American Hindus in California to remember this central insight of their faith when they vote on November 4,” she added.

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    Friday, November 9, 2007, 1:23 AM [General]

    Tomorrow is Diwali.  The Hindu festival of lights. Its interesting  that the Oct-Dec period has quite a few festivals from different faiths.

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