June 18, 2008

San Leandro Couple Married in Oakland

Weddings are not normally newsworthy, but Tuesday, June 17, 2008, was the first full day that same sex weddings took place in California and San Leandro couple Karen Fernandez and Luz Salcedo were married in Oakland that morning.

The couple celebrated in San Francisco's Castro district, where their photograph was taken by San Francisco Chronicle photographer Noah Berger:

San Leandro couple Luz Salcedo and Karen_Fernandez celebrate in the Castor after getting married in Oakland

Karen Fernandez is one of the founders of Quality of Life Services, a group that was formed in January 2008 in response to concerns about crime in San Leandro.

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Posted by: Tim Holmes at June 18, 2008 12:36 PM

If gay marriage is so wonderful and natural, how would the world continue on? Regardless of one's religious beliefs, its hard to make a valid point that this is how it should be.

Posted by: Matt Rempel at June 21, 2008 8:22 PM

In response to Matt's: "If gay marriage is so wonderful and natural..."

Methinks you are digging for reasons to oppose gay marriage for those who have different religious beliefs...

There is plenty of evidence that homosexuality is a natural occurrence, and not just among humans, and it has occurred at least as long as recorded history.

Regardless, the question is whether it is moral to discriminate against another human based on behavior which harms no one.

Millions of years and the world continues unharmed by the existence of homosexuality. Meanwhile inestimable damage to people and society has been done by the hatred and discrimination against other humans.

All humans deserve equal rights. To argue those rights don't apply to some people based on a personal dislike of their behavior is, in my opinion, immoral.

If that's not enough reason to change ones' behavior, perhaps more self interested reasons may...

Allowing the government to start defining private victimless behavior as criminal usually leads to more and more government intolerance. Soon the intolerance may fall to something that applies to you.

If you are you black, female, arabic, muslim, native american, italian, irish, chinese, japanese or one of many other "minorities" in the United States, then you are already in a group from which our government has, at one point or another, withheld rights based on dislike of their beliefs, color, origin, and even inconvenience.

(As for natural, you'd better be careful how quickly you condemn... cars, TVs, computers, even ceramics and woven baskets are hardly naturally occurring phenomena.)

Posted by: Tim Holmes at June 22, 2008 2:48 PM

Tim, Read Romans chapter 1 in your Bible.
I have no agenda, I'd be happy to just let things be, except I'd be doing a disservice to those around me. Just because things seem like a "natural occurance" it doesn't make it right. If I'm in love with an animal, don't I have the right to marry it? Or if I'm in love with many people, shouldn't I be able to express that as well? Shouldn't all types of feelings and behaviors be validated as well?
I think your problem is more with God than with me.
God has set up boundaries and standards for us to live within, but man has rebelled against those standards, and we will pay the price one day.
Thanks conversing with me, Matt

Posted by: Matt Rempel at June 25, 2008 11:33 AM

I can't believe I fell for a troll...

I saw Matt's initial post to be an honest intellectual query, not as the troll bait that it is. I won't make the mistake again.

Posted by: Tim Holmes at June 26, 2008 8:16 AM

Its too bad you feel the need to disregard my comments in the manner you did. I happen to think you do a lot of great things in our community, but we disagree on this issue. Any discussion of religion, God, tends to make libs run for the hills. I thought you were above that.

Posted by: Matt Rempel at June 27, 2008 12:17 PM

Beautiful couple, beautiful picture. Wonderful times. Mazel Tov!

Posted by: Rachael at June 28, 2008 9:42 AM
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