Celebrating New Civil Rights

Unless you have been hiding under a rock, you know that same-sex couples can now be legally wed in California.  Gays may experience the rights and responsibilities of wedded bliss.

Our city rep, Jean Quan, says that District 4 is “home to one of the largest concentrations of LGBT residents, couples and families in the country.”  So she has arranged a local tribute this weekend.

Everyone is invited to a civil rights celebration and teach-in:  Sunday, from 4pm-7pm, at Velvet Lounge (3411 MacArthur Blvd, map).

The celebration will feature speaker Emily Doskow, a noted expert in lesbian and gay domestic matters.  A potluck dinner is also planned, so bring a contribution or two.

Doskow specializes in LGBT family law, helping couples with partnerships, parenting, adoption and other legal rights.  She has written several books for Nolo Press, including co-authorship of A Legal Guide fo Gay and Lesbian Couples.

I think Emily’s take on the continued morass will be very interesting to hear.  The airwaves have been filled this week with confusion.  With marriage, what rights have actually been granted by the State?  How do these conflict with other jurisdictions?  Time for the teach-in.

Pastor Has Good Karma

Well, the pastor has good karma after all.

Earlier this week, we learned about an unnamed pastor whose car was stolen while he went grocery shopping.  At the scene, the Safeway manager said this was a first-time event for his Montclair store.

There’s a surprising ending to this story, because the pastor’s 1993 Honda station wagon was recovered yesterday.  It’s fully intact, except for a broken window.

Apparently the thief needed some East Bay transportation, as the police found the car down in Hayward.  My take?  It pays to have a “direct line” with a higher order – you get justly rewarded.