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Tom Miller

St. Paul, MN
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5 years 22 weeks

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Whether you side with the gay activists/allies working for equal access to civil marriage or the religious/conservatives who believe that homosexuality is a sin (not all do), it seems all of us could benefit from forgiveness and reconciliation.
All of us want to be happy, no one wants to suffer, if you act with that in mind, then it will be a good thing. I look forward to a time when our country can live with more 'cultural peace' and less 'cultural war'; our country will be better for...

Posted on 02/19/13 at 11:46 am in response to Minnesota gay-marriage opponents weighing new 'counter' strategy

Whether you are an evangelical Christian who believes that homosexuality is a sin (not all do), or a gay activist working for equal access to civil rights, it seems we all need to go through a process of forgiveness and reconciliation. As the Dalai Lama has said, "All of us want to be happy. No one wants to suffer. If we act and behave with that in mind, then it will be a good thing".
I believe in cultural peace, not cultural war.

Posted on 09/18/12 at 03:26 pm in response to Archbishop Nienstedt offers anti-gay marriage message from Capitol steps

Sympathetic joy is when we take delight in the happiness of another instead of begrudging it. I do not believe that happiness is a limited resource, that the more someone else has, the less there is for me. I do not believe that heterosexuals have a monopoly on love and commitment. If Ellen DeGeneres is happy in her same-sex marriage then I am happy for her too.

Posted on 10/05/11 at 07:53 am in response to Anti-gay marriage groups resisting new disclosure rules

Love the religious bigot, disagree with the religious bigotry.
Sympathetic joy is when we delight in the happiness of another instead of begrudging it. Can we allow the lives of others to be different from ours and feel happy for them? Can we rejoice for them as their happiness grows? If people are genuinely happy, do we need to impose our own standards? I do not believe that happiness is a limited resource, that the more someone else has, the less there is for me. I do not believe...

Posted on 08/23/11 at 10:59 am in response to Bachmann's advocated far-right positions from the beginning

I have some questions for Bachmann: Can we allow the lives of others to be different from ours and feel happy for them? Can we rejoice for them as their happiness grows? If people are genuinely happy, do we need to impose our standards? If they are not harming others, can we be generous enough to feel joy for them? I do not believe that happiness is a limited resource, they the more someone else has, the less there is me me. I do not believe that heterosexuals have a monopoly on love and...

Posted on 06/06/11 at 09:29 am in response to Another straight cyclist for gay marriage

Desmond Tutu, the retired Archbishop from South Africa and the Nobel Peace Prize winner has said -
"A student once asked me, If I could have one wish granted to reverse an injustice, what would it be? I had to ask for two. One is for world leaders to forgive the debts of developing nations which hold them in such thrall. The other is for the world to end the persecution of people because of their sexual orientation, which is every bit as unjust as that crime against humanity, apartheid...

Posted on 04/27/11 at 08:07 am in response to It's back! GOP introduces ban on gay marriages ... again

The ban on gay marriage is ridiculous. Studies show that married people are on average slightly happier, healthier, and wealthier than their single counterparts. Therefore, it is in the State's best economic interest to grant marriage equality.
It is time to stop scapegoating gay people.

Posted on 04/09/09 at 07:08 pm in response to Sen. Marty: Iowa gay marriage ruling boosts Minnesota efforts

Economic issues matter and marriage is an economic issue. Studies show that married people are slightly healthier (less costs) and wealthier (pay more taxes) than their single counterparts and this is true for gay people as well. Therefore, it is in the state's best economic interest to grant marriage equality. This is because the contract of marriage comes with thousands of rights and responsibilities.

Posted on 03/20/09 at 01:29 am in response to Daily Glean: Pawlenty to indigents: No hospitals for you!

Compare and contrast; one of my high school english teachers drilled that into my head.
Compare and contrast: Slave rights and gay rights; the contrasts are easy, the comparisons are profound. Slaves could not get legally married either. They could not create and sign contracts, and what is marriage mostly (legally speaking) but a huge contract with thousands of rights and responsibilities.
Navanethem Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights spoke there last year saying...