Tennessee Lawmakers Dub August 31 a “Traditional Marriage Day”

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Tennessee state lawmakers passed a resolution to observe as a day each year to celebrate “traditional marriage.”


The resolution, which tapped August 31 as “I Do for Life Traditional Marriage Day,” passed both the State House and Senate.

The Tennessee Equality Project is striking back, proclaiming August 31 is instead “Tennessee Marriage Equality Day.” 

Written By: Maureen McCarty
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  1. Oh boy! Will we be donning our hoods and riding with burning torches to scare all them there homos?

    What an absolutely dreadful place to live. Between the hate and religion (synonyms?) and the ridiculous gun laws and horrifying educational system, you have stupid, gun toting, hate bred assholes everywhere you look.

    Do they have a brochure advertising their state? What the hell would that thing look like?

    • In reply to #1 by crookedshoes:

      Do they have a brochure advertising their state? What the hell would that thing look like?

      Um, the beautiful Smoky Mountains for starters, Blue Ridge Mountains, part of Appalachian Trail, Memphis and Nashville…

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      • Um, the beautiful Smoky Mountains for starters, Blue Ridge Mountains, part of Appalachian Trail, Memphis and Nashville…

        It is an incredibly lush area. It is so humid houses are covered in mosses. It has a wonderful smell. I have never seen such a fertile place.

      • In reply to #3 by bluebird:

        In reply to #1 by crookedshoes:

        Do they have a brochure advertising their state? What the hell would that thing look like?

        Um, the beautiful Smoky Mountains for starters, Blue Ridge Mountains, part of Appalachian Trail, Memphis and Nashville…

        I’ve driven the whole Blue Ridge Parkway and surrounding areas on several different trips. In Dec 2005 I drove past the bottom end in Asheville NC into the Smokies, did the famous Tail of The Dragon road up to the Oak Ridge Laboratories, and overnighted in Knoxville before turning north east again into WV.

        I saw a small part of eastern Tennessee, but the nice weather, mountains and natural beauty were wonderful, so my opinion is missing the often less inspiring human part of the state. I’m not sure if I want to visit the populous and popular areas and maybe spoil my memories…. Mac.

      • What a tragedy that such a beautiful state is burdened with such a preponderance of stupidity. It’s also burdened with poverty and ignorance, both of which are correlated with religion, though it’s not clear if religion is a cause or a result. Either way, it’s a vicious set of circumstances.
        In reply to #3 by bluebird:

        In reply to #1 by crookedshoes:

        Do they have a brochure advertising their state? What the hell would that thing look like?

        Um, the beautiful Smoky Mountains for starters, Blue Ridge Mountains, part of Appalachian Trail, Memphis and Nashville…

    • In reply to #1 by crookedshoes:

      What an absolutely dreadful place to live. Between the hate and religion (synonyms?) and the ridiculous gun laws and horrifying educational system, you have stupid, gun toting, hate bred assholes everywhere you look.

      It looks like Six-gun Pete shot 3 star-shaped holes in the bullseye in the middle of their red flag! – He probably shot 3 passers-by with the other three shots which missed!

  2. What motivates this? People who don’t have the energy to tend the yard develop sufficient adrenalin to make this the #1 priority in their lives. How would they even notice the difference? Surely these folk don’t socialise with gay couples.

    There has to be a personal connection for this to generate so much heat. Are they afraid if it were legal they would run out and marry someone of the same sex? They need all the help they can get suppressing the urge? Surely not.

    Is it just that losers need a scapegoat, and liberals are threatening to take their new scapegoat away the way they took away blacks?

    • In reply to #5 by Roedy:

      What motivates this? People who don’t have the energy to tend the yard develop sufficient adrenalin to make this the #1 priority in their lives. How would they even notice the difference? Surely these folk don’t socialise with gay couples.

      There has to be a personal connection for this to generate so much heat. Are they afraid if it were legal they would run out and marry someone of the same sex? They need all the help they can get suppressing the urge? Surely not.

      I think they most likely do think that will happen, remember they think being Gay is a lifestyle choice. Also “People who don’t have the energy to tend the yard develop sufficient adrenalin to make this the #1 priority in their lives.” how true that is!

    • In reply to #5 by Roedy:

      What motivates this? People who don’t have the energy to tend the yard develop sufficient adrenalin to make this the #1 priority in their lives. How would they even notice the difference? Surely these folk don’t socialise with gay couples.

      There has to be a personal connection for this to generate so much heat. Are they afraid if it were legal they would run out and marry someone of the same sex? They need all the help they can get suppressing the urge? Surely not.

      Is it just that losers need a scapegoat, and liberals are threatening to take their new scapegoat away the way they took away blacks?

      I think this article gives some insight. http://www.richarddawkins.net/news_articles/2013/4/23/-the-rightwing-donors-who-fuel-america-s-culture-wars.

      I don’t think it’s as bad as it looks sometimes.

    • This “special day” could backfire spectacularly, Just imagine that all the homosexual couples who are thinking of getting married, decided to get married on that particular day.

      In reply to #8 by msloane:

      .Maybe gays should hold a “real marriage” day to counter and contrast it.

      No, I say hijack August the 31st. ( & imagine what could be played insted of ‘here comes the bride’. (Hint))

  3. Pastor Lyndon Allen is the main instigator of this resolution. His line of reasoning- man/woman/children of “traditional marriage” overall have better lives (less depression, better finances, etc).

    *Traditional Marriage Day seems grammatically incorrect. ‘Traditional marriage acknowledged every Aug 31′, or ‘Day of Traditional Marriage’

  4. Tennessee, tennessee, there aint no place I’d rather be – Robert Hunter

    If something brings out so much irrational, hateful hysteria in such a large group in society, there has got to be something powerful, deep and dangerous underlying it. I started looking at mass psychology. I found an interesting paper Generational Cycles in Mass Psychology: Implications for the George W. Bush Administration, T. Goertzel, Rutgers, ~2001 http://crab.rutgers.edu/~goertzel/cycles.htm. Then I found (wikipedia) The Mass Psychology of Fascism by Wilhelm Reich. Good article to read. From 1933 to 1956, it got him tossed out or banned by the Communist Party of Germany (he identified stalinism with nazism), the Nazis, the International Psychoanalytical Assoc, and burned (his books) in Maine at the request of the US FDA (huh?). Way to go! If you piss off that many ostensibly different people, you know you’re on to something. The article provided an extract tailor-made for this discussion.

    Suppression of the natural sexuality in the child, particularly of its genital sexuality, makes the child apprehensive, shy, obedient, afraid of authority, good and adjusted in the authoritarian sense; it paralyzes the rebellious forces because any rebellion is laden with anxiety; it produces, by inhibiting sexual curiosity and sexual thinking in the child, a general inhibition of thinking and of critical faculties. In brief, the goal of sexual suppression is that of producing an individual who is adjusted to the authoritarian order and who will submit to it in spite of all misery and degradation. At first the child has to submit to the structure of the authoritarian miniature state, the family; this makes it capable of later subordination to the general authoritarian system. The formation of the authoritarian structure takes place through the anchoring of sexual inhibition and anxiety.
    - Wilhelm Reich

    We joke about the opposition but the prospect of laughing all the way to the ovens ought to give pause for a moment of sober reflection. They are serious now and they would enjoy having the last laugh.

  5. Bluebird and Roedy,

    I apologize for crapping on the beautiful natural formations, scenery, and music of Tennessee. That really was not the spirit of my statement. What I should have said was “it must suck living amongst these haters, even if it was a veritable Eden you were living in”.

    I do not, however, apologize for crapping on the hostility that these hate mongers are displaying.

  6. Are these dudes and dudettes in Tennessee planning to outlaw divorce too? The sacredness of the holy covenant of marriage between a man and a woman seems to demand it! Otherwise, marriage vows are as worthless as right-wing views of religion and history.

  7. “Let’s All Stamp Our Feet, Plug Up Our Ears, And Scream ‘NaNaNaNaNa, I Can’t Hear You!’ Day”. Then they’ll all hold their breath until they turn blue and refuse to eat their dinners.

  8. Funny story… The gay marriage ‘thing’ is going to take a bit longer in the southern states, but eventually they will have to fall in line. (I hope). I was raised in S.E.Ky. and have a slight understanding of their mind-set. I moved to southern Indiana as soon as I got old enough to escape. Little did I know at the time, but the ‘bible belt’ covers that neighborhood too. Personal right’s is not an issue, and that I just don’t get. Black folks couldn’t even vote in the south until the mid-sixties. That boggles my mind more than the gay rights issue. The only thing I can say is drive to a free thinking state and visit the beautiful state of Tenn. at vacation time.

    • In reply to #26 by fishhead:

      Funny story… The gay marriage ‘thing’ is going to take a bit longer in the southern states, but eventually they will have to fall in line. (I hope). I was raised in S.E.Ky. and have a slight understanding of their mind-set. I moved to southern Indiana as soon as I got old enough to escape. Little…

      One of the interesting results that Pinker talked about in his last book was that there is a measurable difference between how men from the south and the north of the US react in various situations. They’ve done psych experiments where they put people in various situations and southern men are measurably more likely to react with hostility and violence to a perceived insult.Its a culture of “honor” where maintaining your reputation as an alpha male is more important than making rational decisions.

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