Opinion – Same-sex marriage in US: Equality through the courts? | Americas | DW.DE | – John Gelmini

English: Another version of the same-sex marri...

English: Another version of the same-sex marriage map. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Victory!” – This couple has been waiting 31 years to be able to marry. On September 5, 2005 we went to the state capitol waiting for a vote on the marriage equality bill. In the end, the assembly voted in favor of equality for gay couples. Governor Schwartzenegger later refused to sign the bill. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Like Dr Alf, I am uncomfortable with the power that is flowing to gay, bisexual, transgender and lesbian people, through the media and by dint of sheer weight of numbers in the UK and other legislators.

Gay people represent less than 1 person in 90, yet on the UK’s Labour Party front-bench, in the House of Commons, they form a full 1/3rd of the MPs; go to the House of Lords and you find a further collection of people who to put it mildly are personal promoters of bizarre and unusual practices.

Judeo-Christian ethics is the foundation of English Common Law, which in turn is the foundation stone of US law.

Within the BBC and other media, gay people by dint of money and unparalleled influence are shaping the political and legislative agenda and in America the same thing happens through the film industry, where disproportionate numbers of these people are in evidence.

Traditional marriage is older than any government but somehow “equality” as a concept has been twisted to make any liaison, however bizarre, be placed on an equal footing.

This is dangerous nonsense as evidenced by the fact that all our successful major competitors have built stronger economies and greater prosperity than we have by using the traditional family unit and family values as the cornerstone of policy.

People must live the lives they choose but the state should promote through the tax system and legislature traditional family values and reward traditional marriage with tax breaks that encourage people to stay together. Societies which do not do this suffer from rising divorce rates, non-spousal cohabitee breakup and more people choosing to live alone.

All the established churches and major religions need to take a stand and the public needs to be made aware of the full consequences to prosperity and economic well-being of straying from the path of correct living that has been established in different faith traditions for 1000’s of years and should, even for secular humanists, gnostics, agnostics and atheists represent a commonsense approach to life.

John Gelmini

Why the rich get richer — a walk-thru on how wealth inequality works – Mark Scheffler – Video via WSJ

This is an outstanding short-video on wealth inequality, published by the WSJ. Check it out!


Personally, I favor better and more focused education, plus large-scale quality investment in infrastructure. I struggle to see the benefit of a wealth tax.

Any thoughts?