Sunday in Outer Blogness: Afterglow Edition!
What a beautiful Sunday morning! Actually it’s kind of cold and cloudy in ZÃ¼rich, but I’m feeling warm rays of love coming in from all over Outer Blogness, as people post their personal photos and experiences from yesterday’s marches for equality. From Utah, from Seattle, from Hawaii, from Chicago. (Actually that last one isn’t a post-Mo — sometimes I like to include nevermo bloggers in this roundup — see if you can find the one in last week’s edition! 😉 )
And, our faithful LDS readers will be pleased to note that (even though the NY Times just ran a front-page article explaining that the Mormons tipped the scale in the ban on gay marriage, providing 80 percent to 90 percent of the early volunteers who walked door-to-door in election precincts, and despite some fears I reported on yesterday), the marriage equality movement appears to have moved past the focus on criticizing the CoJCoL-dS and other churches and instead focused their message on love, family, and equal rights.
The orgainzers of the marches report that more than a million people marched. I look forward to getting the precise numbers from the press. I also really like their proposed next step, as it goes hand-in-hand with our mission of fostering constructive cross-belief dialog here at Main Street Plaza:
Everyone in this movement must help keep the conversation going. We are asking each and every one of you to engage in 10 conversations with someone who does not understand our struggle and help them to see our point of view. We are not asking that you try to infringe on or disrespect their beliefs. Change can not occur with insult, it will only occur with respect. If all of us work hard to positively affect 10 lives, we can change this entire nation!
There seems to have been talk of boycotting Marriott until Bill Marriott posted a statement about his company’s committment to diversity. Some were impressed, other less so (and that last one includes a nay vote on boycotting Utah).
And, since there’s more to life that marriage equality, some of us posted about other subjects! Imagine that! 😉
Eric has done some beautiful original photojournalism of the Christina Noble Childrenâ€™s Foundation helping working children in Mongolia. Jonathan Blake has gathered up some interesting analysis of the financial crisis. Scot has invented a fun new holiday to add to the holiday season. And some really adorable children took a visit to a scale model of the solar system, while their mom praises the local public transportation.
And now my kdis are calling me to help put up some Christmas decorations, so that’s all for this week. Happy Sunday! 😀