Monday, October 20, 2008

I Want to Live That Happily Ever After


With all the hoopla over how voting no on Prop. 8 will corrupt our children by bringing home the book King & King that is featured prominently in the Yes on Prop 8 ads, I was curious if this little book was fiction or not. This short book originally published in the Netherlands seems very sweet, and the only thing shocking surrounding the books are the parents in the ads who are appalled that it's wrong to teach their elementary children to be tolerant and respectful.

Oh, and apparently there is a sequel called King & King & Family. Such stories aren't fairy tales from a pretend land but civilized countries such as Canada, Spain, the Netherlands, etc. In the meantime, the Yes on Prop. 8 seem to think Zimbabwe is a superior cultural role model instead of western Europe.

UPDATE: Just a couple of minutes after posting this and being depressed by the amount of money being squandered on the pro-Prop. 8 campaign to allow people like the dim-witted bigots from out of state featured above, I ran into my neighbor Laura who got married a couple of weeks ago. She sighed and said that they may just have a couple more weeks of being legal. Then she told me that I could honor them by making a donation in their honor to the no on Prop. 8 campaign. It felt good to know that I took Anne and Laura from 40% to 90% of their goal. I urge you to go here and do the same, even if it's for strangers. The good karma will come back to you

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11 Comments:

At 2:36 PM, Blogger Steve said...

And why shouldn't kids learn that there are -- gasp -- gay people in the world?

I can't imagine why that ad would even be effective.

 
At 2:49 PM, Blogger Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Steve - And why do we need bigots from Massachusetts coming to California to tell us that they are upset that teachers are telling their children the truth about what is legal in their state?

 
At 4:26 PM, Blogger Gary said...

Children wouldn't think twice about sitting in judgment of others in this way if it were not for the fact that 'they have been carefully taught to hate the folks their parents hate' (to quote South Pacific). I am really getting sick and tired of prejudice and small mindedness. As a gay male teacher I would love to do a commercial showcasing the fact that gay people are involved in the lives of children and serve as good role models.

Thanks for the tip on this children's book. I think I will order it and share it with my students.

 
At 4:41 PM, Blogger Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Gary - You are definitely a positive role model in many ways, Gary. I'd love to hear your opinion on this book. I hope the bigots' campaign to discredit the book and gay marriage fail. They may succeed this time, but their time of narrow mindedness is slowly coming to an end.

 
At 5:00 PM, Anonymous Huntington said...

I've read King & King, and it is sweet.

As far as your friend's marriage no longer being legal goes, don't you believe it. Every analysis I've read says that even if Prop. 8 passes, those marriages contracted can't be invalidated. Look up "ex post facto law" sometime. It creates quite a conundrum, one I'm looking forward to the Supreme Court unraveling.

 
At 5:23 PM, Blogger Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Huntington - I hope your right, even if -- God forbid - there ever is a President Palin rewriting the Constitution. On the other hand, she'd probably just throw out the Constitution and replace it with the Book of Revelations.

 
At 10:46 PM, Blogger Bryce Digdug said...

A lot of the money came from The Knights of Columbus which is located out of state. These wrinkled up old farts wear funny plumed hats. These religious organizations have got start paying taxes if they are going to pull this sh*t.

 
At 10:52 PM, Blogger Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Bryce - The only religious authority with a tall, funny hat I am willing to bow down to is the Pope of Yes.

 
At 5:43 AM, Blogger R.L. Bourges said...

Good Grief! Just for a second, try to imagine that ad in reverse i.e. a gay couple coming down on the way those "other" people live and the gay commentator clicking off the image and intoning that kind of ...

Excuse me. Hi. Just dropped by from Mouse Medicine's blog :-)

 
At 11:16 AM, Blogger Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

RL - It's so lop-sided that gay couples usually aren't featured in the no on 8 commercials but straight couples saying why they feel it's not a threat to heterosexual marriage.

 
At 11:16 AM, Blogger Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

RL - It's so lop-sided that gay couples usually aren't featured in the no on 8 commercials but straight couples saying why they feel it's not a threat to heterosexual marriage.

 

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