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Monday, April 19, 2010

Not a review, but something very important

....Sonoma County CA separates...
 elderly gay couple and sells all
of their worldly possessions

A friend sent me a link to a story that occurred in Sonoma County and involved a couple of 20 years who, on the injury of one of the couple, were taken from their home, placed in separate nursing homes and had all their possessions sold by the county.  And, even more heartbreakingly, the one injured died three months later never seeing his life partner again.
The entire article can be found here.

Be prepared, this is not an easy story to read, but I think it's vitally important that people know just what the hell kind of crap can befall two men who lived and loved for so long just because they're gay.

I could go on and on about this; but if I do it will be nothing more than a rant fueled by extreme anger and heartbreak... and no one needs to listen to me do that.  But at the end of the story there are links to places where the story can shared; it takes so little time, but I think that we should show that this kind of behaviour is not only held in disgust, but that people are willing to do something about it.

All I can say is that my heart mourns for Clay and Harold; two men who were together for 20 years and ended up separated for the rest of the one man's life.  Inhumane, cruel, barbaric, horrendous, terrifying... and these words just scratch the surface of my opinion of the actions taken by a group of people.

No, I'm not an American and yes, we have some laws in Canada that protect the rights of ALL people.  But I also know that the vast majority of the Christian - HA! - churches here are constantly working to destroy the basic human rights of GLBTQ people.  And their 'crime'?  They love someone of the same gender.  What the HELL does that have to do with anything?

As a Catholic I cannot even begin to support a church that does this and I find myself separating my faith in God from the religion in which I've spent my life.  In my opinion no church that is truly God's representative here on earth could possibly consider the thoughts of outright hatred, though couched in mealy-mouthed platitudes, as something that God would even begin to condone. 

Religion is a man-made construct and it takes on a life of its own that has little, if anything, to do with God's will or hopes for His children. And this is but one more instance that proves this out.


  1. Clay and Harold's story is truly heartbreaking. :(
    Very well said, Kathy. I could not agree more.

  2. Thanks Ava... I just couldn't not say something.

  3. I saw this at Teddy Pig's place this morning and it just made me so mad and so utterly sad... and yes, frustrated that people don't see the human rights violations that they are committing.

  4. It's just ... mind-blowing that something that shouldn't even BE an issue can lead to actions like that.
    It's a terrible thing alright. Thanks for stopping by Chris.