Yes. The Czech Republic will recognize marriages in other EU nations; in addition, while the CZR doesn't have marriage, they have a national domestic partnership law; if we have to go to Europe, they'll give me residency and work permissions.
I've spent 20 years working with college students, so that covers gen x and millenials. In my experience a fairly small percentage of millenials are where you think they are on enviornmental issues, and a whole lot more remain uncritical contributors to environmental problems.
I'd add "that have been reported as such." Not even, actually "investigated as such." And that really sucks.
We had about 35 people at our Remembrance ceremony on Thursday. Just a few days earlier we had hundreds stand outside for two hours on a cold, blustery Saturday, protesting Prop 8 and demanding equal marriage rights.
Apples and oranges, I suppose, but the inequity in passion over legal rights and violent loss of life is... depressing.
working on behalf of traditionally oppressed groups and far more about working on ourselves; breaking down our own inherited biases and preconceived notions.
While we in this country have (theoretically, at least - the Republicans, not so much) predicated our civil discourse on the idea of civil debate, that process of civil discourse achieves very little for us when it comes to the emotionally based process of our biases and prejudices. It's why debating homosexuality with religionists never works. It's why, way back when, debating slavery with religionists never worked. Religion, like prejudices, are emotional while civil rights are rational constructs. Logic and never successfully debate emotion. And yet logic is foundational to our civil discourse. And it often fails.
So it is with social justice. Social justice is based on listening. Simply listening. Listening to the real experiences, the real pain of those who are less privileged; letting their reality wash over us, trying to imagine ourselves in their place. But it's typical for us to do just the opposite; to try to debate, to throw up every point, every 'yes but' we can muster, based on our own reality, not the reality of those less privileged. And why not? It's the way we've been taught - it's civil discourse. But it doesn't work for social justice issues, and that's a part of the problem; our process of civil discourse, based on reason, logic, polite discussion solves some problems but not others; it's become a part of the structural barrier of our society.
I'd encourage you to stop debating and just start listening. Resist the impulse to throw out your point-counter point. Social justice work is hard work, but it's hardest on ourselves, because we have to deconstruct ourselves and re-construct ourselves in a way that our society does not yet value.
We may despise Sarah Palin for her politics and her practices (dragging her children on stage at every opportunity, her blatant, flirting winks at the camera, but Sarah Palin is a woman, and her lived experience being raised as a woman in this male-structured society, and the way she was treated the last few months by the male power structure is fundamentally no different than the way Hillary Clinton was treated.
Please, instead of telling people to fuck off and denying the possibility of having applied double standards (as in a comment above) just stop and listen.