Posted by Debra Shapiro, a resident of another community, on Aug 13, 2008 at 5:52 pm
Congratulations to Iris and Ann! My partner and I have been together for 14 years and we had a big wedding before it was legal...but it cost like a real wedding. It made a real difference to our families; They had more respect for us as a couple. Marriage is definitely NOT just between and man and a woman. A family is a family ,and many of us need legal protection in this society.
Posted by Kate O'Hanlan, MD, a resident of the Portola Valley: Portola Valley Ranch neighborhood, on Aug 13, 2008 at 8:59 pm
This equal access to marriage is good for America according to The American Psychiatric Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Psychological Association, and American Psychoanalytic Association. The AMA itself confirms that sexual orientation is natural, biologically induced, morally neutral, immutable, neither contagious nor learned, and has no bearing on an individual's ability to form deep and lasting relationships, to parent children, to work, or to contribute to society; the APA, APsyA, AAP, and APA also endorsed civil marriage for same sex couples because marriage strengthens the mental and physical health and the longevity of couples, and provides greater legal and financial security for children, parents, and seniors.
Posted by voting, a resident of the Menlo Park: Sharon Heights neighborhood, on Aug 14, 2008 at 11:43 am
PROPOSITION 8 HAS MY VOTE!!!!! These people are wrong! Gays are not normal. Gays and Lesbians should NOT be allowed to marry. It makes a mockery of marriage. I now pronounce you wife and wife? Husband and husband? Ridiculous!! Enough of this Liberal crap...Only in this left wing left coast do we have to put up with this!
Posted by voting too, a resident of the Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park neighborhood, on Aug 14, 2008 at 12:31 pm
Well, voting, I guess I'll be canceling out your vote. I'll think of you as I gleefully Just Say No.
By the way, this lovely left-wing coast isn't even the first state to acknowledge that gays have a constitutional right to marriage. Do you even attempt to keep up with the news? I was able to legally marry in this state decades ago. It's about time other couples daring to make a formal commitment to each other "in sickness and in health" are allowed to do the same legally.
Posted by ticked, a resident of the Menlo Park: Downtown neighborhood, on Aug 14, 2008 at 4:59 pm
"The Almanac runs obituaries in its news section on people who lived in, or played a prominent role in, Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley and Woodside" ...and two lesbians getting married IS news? Do they play a prominent role in one of our cities? Why is this story news and more worthy of space in this paper, while obituaries notifying the community of a friend or loved one's passing are not?
Posted by sickened, a resident of the Menlo Park: Fair Oaks neighborhood, on Aug 15, 2008 at 9:53 am
This is so wrong for a multitude of reasons. What these people do behind closed doors is one thing. I resent it being thrown in my face everywhere I turn. Marriage is between a man and a woman. For those misguided folks that seem to think this is OK it is not. Read the Bible. It is morally and ethically wrong. It is disgusting to see these people "raise" children. How wrong is that to have a child grow up with two lesbians or two homosexuals. Confusing to say the least. Proposition 8 will pass. For those who think this is right, and for those who commit this very wrong act...you will get yours when you meet your maker.
Posted by sickened, a resident of the Menlo Park: University Heights neighborhood, on Aug 18, 2008 at 9:43 am
This is sick...wrong...immoral...and disgusting. Why on earth would the Almanac put these two Dykes on the front cover like they are doing something noble??? It is anything but. I will never pick up another Alamanac ever again...neither will any of my friends. We are all horrified that this type of behavior was glorified.
Posted by Sad, a resident of the Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park neighborhood, on Aug 18, 2008 at 10:30 am
What a pity that Sickened has been made so sick by his/her fear, inner conflicts and unwillingness to actually practice the Christian principles of love and compassion he/she professes to embrace. Isn't it the bible that says "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone"?
Hope you feel better soon, Sickened, but I'm not optimistic. You don't appear to be the soul-searching type.
Posted by Valerie Frederickson, a resident of the Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks neighborhood, on Aug 27, 2008 at 2:14 pm
Congratulations to two hard working, generous local business owners on their upcoming marriage. For me, as a heterosexual, married, Christian woman, it is not my place to judge, but to show God's love. I think that Iris and Ann have done that continuously through their leadership as employers, and as active members of the local business community. I'm very glad that they, too, can now have the wonderful institution of marriage that us straight people have been allowed to have. Best wishes for many, many happy years!
Posted by ex-resident, a resident of another community, on Sep 12, 2008 at 6:12 pm
Hurrah for Iris & Ann. These lovely women have been committed to each other for decades, and it is about time that they can make it legal and have the advantages of other married people.
I wish them many more years of happiness and hope they are lucky enough to avoid all the small minded people who reside in our communities. I am an ex-resident of both Menlo Park and Woodside, and hope the bigots there are in the minority.
Oh, and I hope the Almanac keeps up the great human interest stories of it's residents.