Why I’m boycotting the 2014 Winter Olympics

I won’t  watch the winter Olympics this year because I am disgusted with the Russian government’s homophobia, corruption, and abuse of its citizens. I don’t know what difference my lack of media consumption will make as a political statement, but I don’t even want to watch, I am that turned off.

I admire Olympic athletes, and I can understand why they would compete instead of boycott; they have spent their lives preparing for the  games not knowing where they will be hosted, and if they back out now, they forfeit their chance to win. It is unfortunate they are participating in a country that flies in the face of the Olympic sprit, but I wish them luck! I just won’t be watching.

Google posts Doodle in support of gay Olympians

In support of LGBT athletes at the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Google sported a rainbow-colored doodle on their search page and quoted from the Olympic Charter:

The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic sprit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.

–Olympic Charter

U.S. Judge Overturns Prop. 8 In Gay Rights Victory! – Heard on NPR

Re: U.S. Judge Overturns Prop. 8 In Gay Rights Victory : The Two-Way : NPR.

When I heard this on the radio in the car this afternoon, I could not help but beam with joy. I didn’t mean to have such an emotional reaction to the news; it just bubbled up from within. Regardless of whether or not the inevitable appeal against this ruling is upheld in the next hearing (which I don’t think it will be), this is a great step forward for equal rights.

Andy & I were legally married in California the first Saturday same-sex marriages were performed: June 21, 2008. Our marriage was upheld even after Prop 8. Still, it is meaningless where we live in Arizona. I have hope that this new ruling will set a precedent for similar rulings in other states.

I think the gay marriage argument is simple: opposite-sex couples have nothing to lose by same-sex marriage while same-sex couple have much to gain. The idea that “marriage is between a man and a woman” is Biblical at best and arrogant at worst. There is simply no reason a man and a man or a woman and a woman shouldn’t be allowed to marry if they want to. Separation of church and state; equal rights for all. That’s the American way.