Orlando

Right now – I have a heavy and troubled heart. Early Sunday morning, something terrible happened at Pulse in Orlando. A gunman opened fire and murdered innocent people. There are not enough words to express the sorrow or how my heart goes out to those who lost a loved one or a friend.

In the coming days, we will hear a lot of talking from the usual places. It is best that we keep a few things in mind, especially if we are going to share news or memes.

  1. People lost someone they love. Respect that and respect their sorrow.
  2. Do not use this as your political tool. If you truly want to help and if you truly believe that something you believe can help prevent these tragedies or minimize them at least, then write your Congressman, reach out to lobbyists, and offer your opinion on surveys that think-tanks send out. If you share those ideas, remember number one. People are hurting right now, and you might know some of them.
  3. Do not become blind to what happened. We are still learning the full extent of this terrible event. The most important things to remember, however, is that a man made a choice and hate informed that choice.
  4. Do not let hate in your heart in this. Do not blame other innocents for the murder of innocents.

Though I am tempted, I will not wax political about this. Instead, I will just offer this: my thoughts and my prayers to the survivors and to those who lost someone dear. Nothing can replace what was taken and we can only mourn for and with you.

Holle Is Happy Today

Just in case you are living under a rock, in a deserted area of the country temporarily without internet, radio, or television (then how are you getting this?), or just have not had a chance to hear –

The Supreme Court just ruled that the various same-sex marriage bans that have been going around many states still are unconstitutional.

Here’s a link to one of the NPR articles.

Just in case you’re wondering, here’s how the change looks for the country.

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Courtesy of NPR of course.

I think my favorite part was Alito asking, if we allow 2 gay men to marry each other, why not 5 of them. To which I would have to say – yeah, why not? If 5 consenting adults want to enter into a marriage contract together, without coercion etc, then they should be able to.

That, however, is for another day.

Right now, we will rejoice because this country has finally taken a step forward again.