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Re: “Zoo-Tied Donors Gave to Hedgepeth Campaign

The founders of Memphis intended Overton Park to be her crowning glory, a large space for the use of all her citizenry. It is the gift of the park that allowed the Memphis Zoo to be created in the first place, and little by little the zoo has bitten off chunks of the park to satiate its hunger for land and money. This has to stop. The good of Overton Park, which benefits ALL Memphians, must always take precedence over the interests of the zoo, which only benefits those who pay its exorbitant prices that fuel yet more land-grabbing.

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Posted by Otterdaemmerung on 03/01/2016 at 4:53 PM

Re: “Tennessee Legislators Act to Disqualify Cruz for Presidency

Packrat: I completely agree with you about how ironic and highly amusing the current controversy over Cruz's eligibility is. As you say, unlike with Obama, there's actually a legitimate question on the table concerning Cruz. However, my point is that the state of Tennessee still doesn't have the jurisdiction to enact a different set of rules or a different interpretation of "natural born citizen" than the federal government (subject to SCOTUS) decides to use.

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Posted by Otterdaemmerung on 01/25/2016 at 5:38 PM

Re: “Bartlett’s Coley was Lone Vote for Anti-Gay Marriage Bill

Exactly how did the Supreme Court's decision "strike down an institution that had existed for thousands of years"? Last time I checked, male-female couples are still allowed to obtain civil and religious marriages.

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Posted by Otterdaemmerung on 01/25/2016 at 2:59 PM

Re: “Tennessee Legislators Act to Disqualify Cruz for Presidency

This bill is absolutely meaningless. Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution already says this:

"No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States."

In the event that somehow the bill's language disagreed with the U.S. Constitution, the latter's Supremacy Clause would render Tennessee's would-be additional requirement null and void.

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Posted by Otterdaemmerung on 01/25/2016 at 2:56 PM

Re: “CBHS Sends Student Home After He Spoke Out Against Anti-Gay Policy

Pro tip: If you don't want your school to get bad press, then just rectify the situation and treat your student fairly! Sending him home for a week as an ad hoc suspension isn't exactly going to minimize that bad press!


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Posted by Otterdaemmerung on 09/28/2015 at 4:53 PM

Re: “Restaurant Owner Makes Offer To Help Un-seat Brian Kelsey

And nowhere on his official websites, Facebook page, or Wikipedia entry do I find any mention of Kelsey's own marital status. The only sites I do find list him as single. At age 36. Just sayin'...

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Posted by Otterdaemmerung on 02/12/2014 at 7:34 PM

Re: “Nice Day for a Gay Wedding

CHG, the Regenerus study has been discredited; and the Americans for Truth About Homosexuality is a recognized hate group that has told outright lies about LGBT people.

Marriage is both a religious covenant (for those who are religious) and a legal contract. Religious opinions differ about homosexuality; more and more religious denominations, both Christian and otherwise, are realizing that being gay is analogous to race or lefthandedness -- that is, it is an accident of birth that is morally neutral. As for being a legal contract, a government cannot arbitrarily withhold the right to get married from a subset of people, namely LGBT Americans, who are incapable of rightly marrying someone of the opposite sex.

And your "slippery slope" reference to marrying bacteria or animals is completely without merit. Animals cannot give consent to a marriage, nor are they citizens. Also, other countries have had legal same-sex unions and/or marriage for many years, and no such slippery slope scenario has manifested itself, namely because none is applicable.

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Posted by Otterdaemmerung on 08/28/2013 at 6:39 PM

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