Welcome to this week's [all very positive] What's Happening, Hot Stuff?? - from a snowy London! Finally, Sarah's had her snow fix for the year!!
The new Bishop of Salisbury, The Rt Revd Nick Holtam, has spoken out in support of gay marriage. Bishop Holtam made the comments in an interview with the Times today ahead of the meeting of the General Synod next week, where civil partnerships in churches and equal marriage are to be discussed. He said: “We are living in a different society. If there’s a gay couple in The Archers, if there’s that form of public recognition in popular soaps, we are dealing with something which has got common currency. All of us have friends, families, relatives, neighbours who are, or who know someone, in same-sex partnerships and I’m no longer convinced marriage should be between a man and a woman.”
He continued: “I think same-sex couples that I know who have formed a partnership have in many respects a relationship which is similar to a marriage and which I now think of as marriage. And of course now you can’t really say that a marriage is defined by the possibility of having children. Contraception created a barrier in that line of argument. Would you say that an infertile couple, who were knowingly infertile when they got married, weren’t in a proper marriage? No you wouldn’t.”
Good for him! It’s nice to see religious figures actually coming out with considered opinions rather than defending ‘tradition’ for tradition's sake.
Speaking of marriage, a Chinese university professor has estimated that 16 million women in China are married to gay guys!
|The only gays in the village?|
In China, however, the animal kingdom is getting support to be out and proud. Two gay penguins in China have been given a baby chick by zoo staff. The Metro reports that the gay penguins are often caught stealing others’ eggs during mating season, and the museum staff are confident they can raise a chick between them. The Chinese penguins’ story echoes that of Roy and Silo, penguins at New York’s Central Park Zoo, who were given a rejected egg by keepers after they continually attempted to hatch a rock. Earlier this year, . We have ordered our copy!
State side, have you seen all the news about Ellen and JC Penney? Surprisingly Ellen is not a ‘huge star’ in the UK, but (as she is a woman we admire (see HERE)) we follow anything that comes out about her. This week the news was about JC Penney making her a spokesperson – great news we thought – after all, Ellen promotes ‘happiness and joy’. However OneMillionMoms.com took offense and said she should be sacked because a lesbian spokesperson would lose them business. The website said: “Funny that JC Penney thinks hiring an open homosexual spokesperson will help their business when most of their customers are traditional families. DeGeneres is not a true representation of the type of families that shop at their store. The majority of JC Penney shoppers will be offended and choose to no longer shop there.’’
Further to this, the Los Angeles Times ran a reader poll which showed a 96% support for keeping Ellen as the face of JC Penney. Yay to Los Angeles! Yay to GLAAD! And yay to JC Penney.