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Headed home and looking out the window.

Nimbus Morning

Waiting for a green light, I lowered the window and raised my camera. Snap!

Winging South

Happy April Fools’ Day

Happy April Fools’ Day! No joke. ;-)

Easter at the Tulip Farm

We celebrated Easter by going to the tulip farm. Maybe a little early in the year, but there were some beautiful blooms and Heather found another English mastiff puppy to love.

We went to the tulip farm last year, too, though it was later in April.

Holy Saturday at Fort Stevens

On Holy Saturday, we went to Fort Stevens with lots of family.1

The weather was wonderful, with a strange cold breeze that blew through in the middle of the day.

We saw a cool mirage to the south and a light pillar immediately after the sun disappeared.

1Maybe Ashley will post pictures with people in them.

I Dream of a New Bike

Breezer Downtown EX

It’s spring, when a young man’s thoughts turn to bikes.

Ashley bought a new bike and I went with her to do some looking of my own. This bike is what I found.

What fun to test ride!

Oh the Joy!

Oh, the joy of riding home from work to see Jamison edging the lawn he just mowed. Atta boy! :-)

On the Bike Again, Finally

It’s nice to be back on my bike, in shorts, and ordering frappuccinos on the way to work.

Construction of a new road is intruding on my “photo spot.” The orange barriers are up, cutting across the field. With luck, the road will be complete this summer when both the Hillsboro air show and the Washington County Fair will be taking place over the same weekend, across the road from each other. Traffic will be “interesting.”

Marriage is Not Just a Label

#MarriageEquality Many argue that California should be able to offer marriage to straight couples and limit gay couples to civil unions. After all, “it’s only a label.” Or maybe, it’s a label that California shouldn’t be able to redefine.

I disagree.

Imagine with me the following two scenarios:

  1. California allows left-handed people to swim and wade in water, lefties can swim wearing robes, and lefties can dunk each other under the water while wearing robes and while saying whatever they want, but California has a law that prohibited lefties from getting “baptized.”
  2. Or maybe, California allows lefties to drink wine from little plastic cups and eat small, unleavened pieces of bread, while reading from any book and saying whatever they want, but California prohibits lefties from participating in “holy communion.”

What would be the harm? After all, “baptism” and “communion” are just labels. Shouldn’t lefties just be happy they can participate fully in the same behavior as right-handed people and leave it at that?

I expect you’d agree that both of these scenarios describe what would be unlawful discrimination, that there would be no good policy reason for California to allow the behavior but prohibit the label. You might even wonder why the state was intruding into religious matters. And you would understand why lefties would fight for the right to have their behaviors labeled “baptism” and “communion.”

I don’t think these scenarios are that different from the situation in California regarding gay marriage. California allows gays to live together, express their love physically without fear of criminal prosecution, adopt and use assistive reproductive procedures, and form long-term relationships that the state will recognize and assist in their dissolution. Gays just can’t get “married.”

In other words, gays can act like they’re married; they just can’t call it marriage.

I think California has a couple of options:

  1. Offer marriage to adult couples in a non-discriminatory manner, or
  2. Offer marriage to no adult couples because it’s a religious matter, but instead, offer only civil unions to all adult couples in a non-discriminatory manner. Those couples that wanted to be married could find a church to perform a wedding ceremony. I have no doubt that some churches would offer to marry gay couples, as should be the churches’ right.

What do you think?