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Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Gay Couples on Noah's Ark?

Well, isn't the rainbow part of the story, as well as a major gay symbol? What other couples would you expect? Kittredge Cherry at Jesus in Love blog has some wonderful shots of a painting by Paul Richmond, depicting well -known gay coples, and same sex animal pairs, enjoying married bliss on the decks, with prominent foes of equality drowning in the sea.  Kittredge writes:


He was moved to create the work after California’s Proposition 8 banned same-sex marriage last fall. Demonstrations across the United Stin support of marriage equality inspired Richmond to paint a wickedly funny satire on the classic Bible story.

In Genesis 6-9, God commands Noah to gather his family and heterosexual pairs of animals into a boat to rescue them from the global flood sent to destroy human evil and the violence of nature. After the flood, a rainbow appears as a symbol of God’s promise never again to destroy all life on earth.
How appropriate that the rainbow has become a symbol of GLBT pride! Richmond puts a fresh twist on the Biblical epic with his sweeping vision of a gay-positive new world. A rainbow flag flies high on the mast of Noah’s gay cruise ship. “As the clouds begin to part, a heavenly rainbow appears in the sky to remind hopeful voyagers that full legal recognition and acknowledgement of same-sex love is just over the horizon,” Richmond explains.

This is huge fun, with the visual puns spelt out for those unable to instantly recognise each face.  Just what we need to cheer us in the aftermath of the loss in Maine:  a reminder that victory in the long run will still be ours. Treat yourself.  Go to Jesus in Love and have a look.

Apart from fun, of course, the idea of gay couples on the ark is entirely appropriate. Sexual diversity is everywhere in the animal kingdom, just as it is in human society. See "Natural Families: The Wildlife Rainbow", at Queering the Church.

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Gay Politicians: French government minister

In a cabinet reshuffle, President Sarkozy has appointed another openly gay man to the cabinet. ( The "Independent" says he is the first out French Minister, but that is incorrect. That was Roger Karoutchi, who disclosed in January that he is gay and happily partnered.)

From the Independent:

The film-maker, writer and TV presenter Frédéric Mitterrand, 61, nephew of the late President François Mitterrand, will become culture minister, a very high-profile job in France. This appointment, welcomed by many in the artistic world, will irritate the Catholic, conservative right. M. Mitterrand is a vociferous campaigner for homosexual rights and a columnist in the gay magazine, Tétu. 
(Biography at Wikipedia)

Friday, 29 May 2009

Marriage Equality & the Church - Sweden

Wedding cake of a same-sex marriage, photo tak...

In the wake of the disappointing, but expected, Californian ruling on Prop 8, it is worth stepping back and reflecting on the gains elsewhere, and especially on the impact on the churches.

It is well known how rapidly legal recognition of same sex marriage has progressed: first in Iowa, by court order, then in rapid succession Vermont and Maine by legislative action. New Hampshire is not quite there yet, but it is likely just a matter of time - as it is in New York and New Jersey.  DC has voted to recognise marriages legally conducted elsewhere, Washington has approved expansion of their civil union regime to 'everything but marriage', and in many other states and city jurisdictions, there have been less dramatic, incremental gains.  These have been widely reported and celebrated.

One big advance, and the one that I suspect may be more important for its long term impact on the churches of the world,

Friday, 23 January 2009

Gay Politicians: Roger Karoutchi, French government minister

An increasing number of openly gay men and women are reaching cabinet office in many European countries. Roger Karoutchi, in France, is just the latest:

From  Pink News :
The French Secretary of State for Parliamentary Relations has revealed he is gay in an interview ahead of the publication of his autobiography.
Roger Karoutchi is a close personal friend of President Nicholas Sarkozy and a former MEP and Senator.
"Yes, I have a life," he told AFP.
"I'm neither living a lie, nor flaunting anything. I discuss it naturally.
"I have a partner and I'm happy with him. As I'm happy, I see no reason why I should hide that."
Mr Karoutchi becomes the first openly gay minister in France.