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Gay Pride Parades Celebrate Court Ruling
Associated Press -- AOL Update Email | 06/29/03 22:10 EDT | Terence Chea

Posted on 06/29/2003 8:33:41 PM PDT by PhiKapMom

Gay Pride Parades Celebrate Court Ruling

By TERENCE CHEA
The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets Sunday for Gay Pride parades, energized by the Supreme Court's ruling that struck down laws against sodomy and a decision by Canada to allow gay marriage.

In New York, Atlanta, Seattle, San Francisco and other cities, revelers marched, danced and carried banners congratulating the Supreme Court for its landmark ruling as rainbow flag-waving crowds lined the streets.

``There's such a resonance, such a sense of movement,'' said Marty Downs, a community organizer with the New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center. ``This year, it feels really political.''

Even before the ruling Thursday that struck down a Texas law banning sodomy, the committee that puts on San Francisco's massive parade, one of the best-attended events in the state, had decided to infuse this year's festivities with a more activist bent.

``We got a couple of breaks in the last few weeks, with Canada legalizing gay marriage and now the Supreme Court,'' said Supervisor Tom Ammiano, one of two candidates vying to become San Francisco's first gay mayor this year. ``It looks like Sandra Day O'Connor watching `Will & Grace' really paid off.''

Despite this year's historic backdrop, the events in cities around the country maintained their colorful, Carnaval-like atmosphere. They featured naked cyclists, fluffy pink boas and floats swaying with singing drag queens.

As in years past, the lesbian motorcycle group Dykes on Bikes got the San Francisco parade off to a roaring start with hundreds of leather-clad and topless women astride motorcycles.

``It's a big party,'' said Jeffrey Sykes, 37, who has attended at least 10 Gay Pride parades in San Francisco. ``It's a chance to let it all hang out and celebrate who we are.''

The parade's theme was ``You Gotta Give Them Hope,'' a campaign slogan that belonged to San Francisco's first openly gay city supervisor, Harvey Milk, who was assassinated along with Mayor George Moscone 25 years ago this November.

The SF Pride Committee also used the occasion to encourage people to lobby the state Senate to vote for pending legislation that would grant gay couples most of the same legal and financial benefits as married heterosexuals. Police would give no crowd estimates.

As they basked in the Supreme Court decision, many participants said they looked forward to a new era of equality and respect.

``We're all together, one family,'' said Armando Gonzalez, 21, of Issaquah, Wash., who took part in Seattle's parade as a member of a youth choir made up of both gay and straight singers. ``There are no barriers.''

On June 10, an Ontario appeals court ruled as unconstitutional Canada's definition of marriage as only between a man and a woman - paving the way for legalized gay unions there.

Then last week, the U.S. Supreme Court made its 6-3 decision that apparently swept away laws in a dozen states banning oral and anal sex for everyone, or for homosexuals in particular.

Both supporters and critics of the decision were quick to suggest it could lead to other legal advances for gays and lesbians - including the right to gay marriage - and organizers said a feeling of hope would carry over to the marches and celebrations this weekend.

Chicago's parade drew between 375,000 and 400,000 people, according to parade coordinator Richard Pfeiffer. Organizers of the Atlanta Pride Festival, now in its 33rd year, said they expected a crowd of 300,000, the largest in the parade's history. The ruling was cited as a factor in the big turnout.

``You couldn't ask for a better reason to come out and celebrate,'' said Philip Rafshoon, owner of Outwrite Bookstore in Atlanta's traditionally gay Midtown neighborhood. ``A lot of people think (gay sex is) immoral. And, unfortunately for them, it's not illegal anymore.''

One participant in the St. Louis PrideFest said this year's parade seemed more vibrant, more celebratory than previous years. She attributed the large crowd in part to the Supreme Court ruling, but that wasn't all.

``We're becoming more comfortable in our own skin,'' said Robin Hanson, 41, a doctoral candidate at Saint Louis University. ``I've been 'out' for 20 years and there have been a lot of changes in acceptance since then.''

St. Louis police had no crowd estimates, but organizers predicted as many as 15,000 to 50,000 would attend the weekend of activities.

Speaking through a megaphone at the New York parade, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York, took note of how much the political landscape for gays and lesbians had changed with a few short days.

``Let's hear it for gay pride,'' Schumer shouted. ``Let's even hear it for the Supreme Court - who ever thought we'd say that!''

06/29/03 22:10 EDT


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; US: New York
KEYWORDS: activistcourt; activistsupremecourt; culturewar; downourthroats; dykesonbikes; gay; gaypride; gayprideparades; hedonism; homosexualagenda; lawrencevtexas; libertines; samesexdisorder; samesexmarriages; schumer; toplessinpublic
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Will post link as soon as the story is up on the AP wire news sites! Right now the old story is up from NY and SF and doesn't mention Schumer like this one does in the last two paragraphs!
1 posted on 06/29/2003 8:33:42 PM PDT by PhiKapMom
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To: Brandonmark; Alex P. Keaton; MeeknMing; JohnHuang2; Dog Gone; Dog; isthisnickcool; OKSooner; VOA; ..
Here is the link:

http://customwire.ap.org/dynamic/stories/G/GAY_PRIDE_PARADE?SITE=FLTAM&SECTION=US&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

Looks like Schumer in NY has lined up with the Gay community big time on this issue! Could become a really nasty campaign in NY and elsewhere with all of these rulings!
2 posted on 06/29/2003 8:37:09 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (Bush Cheney '04 - VICTORY IN '04 -- $4 for '04 - www.GeorgeWBush.com/donate/)
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To: PhiKapMom
We're becoming more comfortable in our own sin.....
3 posted on 06/29/2003 8:37:33 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: PhiKapMom
We're all together, one family,'' said Armando Gonzalez, 21, of Issaquah, Wash., who took part in Seattle's parade as a member of a youth choir made up of both gay and straight singers. ``There are no barriers.''
This is what I'm afraid of... And once again, another doozy from MY state. :(
4 posted on 06/29/2003 8:39:19 PM PDT by Libertina (FR - roaches check in, but they don't check out....)
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To: Lijahsbubbe
That works for me!
5 posted on 06/29/2003 8:40:57 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (Bush Cheney '04 - VICTORY IN '04 -- $4 for '04 - www.GeorgeWBush.com/donate/)
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To: PhiKapMom
CAPTION Chuckie Schumer at NYC Gay Parade
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/937802/posts
6 posted on 06/29/2003 8:41:28 PM PDT by finnman69 (!)
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To: PhiKapMom
``We're becoming more comfortable in our own skin,'' said Robin Hanson, 41,

Problem is .. I don't want to see it

7 posted on 06/29/2003 8:42:02 PM PDT by Mo1
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To: Libertina
Why are there even gay people?
Seriously.
Is there a temptation there?
Is is a genetic disorder of something?
8 posted on 06/29/2003 8:42:21 PM PDT by Salamjohn
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To: Libertina
There are not barriers really bothered me as well! I have a feeling this is going to turn into one large campaign issue and get really nasty from the left.

Can you imagine if Dean gets the nomination for the RATS?
9 posted on 06/29/2003 8:42:37 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (Bush Cheney '04 - VICTORY IN '04 -- $4 for '04 - www.GeorgeWBush.com/donate/)
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To: PhiKapMom
``Let's hear it for gay pride,'' Schumer shouted. ``

Let's hear it for gay homosexual and lesbian pride sex, is what Schumer is saying.

10 posted on 06/29/2003 8:43:57 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: Mo1
This is getting to be a habit -- items breaking later in the evening!

I don't want to see them either!
11 posted on 06/29/2003 8:46:20 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (Bush Cheney '04 - VICTORY IN '04 -- $4 for '04 - www.GeorgeWBush.com/donate/)
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To: PhiKapMom
Gay Pride Parades Celebrate Court Ruling

Should read:

Sex Parades Celebrate Court Ruling

12 posted on 06/29/2003 8:46:41 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: finnman69
Thank you! I was hoping you would post that link! This was the first article from AP that actually mentioned him that I could find!
13 posted on 06/29/2003 8:47:12 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (Bush Cheney '04 - VICTORY IN '04 -- $4 for '04 - www.GeorgeWBush.com/donate/)
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To: Lijahsbubbe
I always did resent them co-opting the word "Gay" for their own use!
14 posted on 06/29/2003 8:47:55 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (Bush Cheney '04 - VICTORY IN '04 -- $4 for '04 - www.GeorgeWBush.com/donate/)
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To: Salamjohn
Most probably a combination of both. If it were clearly one or the other, researchers would've near certainly figured that out by now..
15 posted on 06/29/2003 8:49:28 PM PDT by AntiGuv ()
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To: Salamjohn
Why are there even gay people? They are sinners, like you and I.
Seriously. So am I
Is there a temptation there? Yes, but not for me
Is is a genetic disorder of something? Could be, or they could just be lacking in knowing the true love that Jesus Christ has for them...

Either way, this behavior has been warned to us in the Bible (where right is wrong, and wrong is right) and it is not suprising. I guess we can all be happy that it means Jesus is that much closer to returning. The recent Supreme Court ruling for sodomy and affirmative action is even more proof.

Those rolling their eyes at my post... Sorry you feel that way, but its amazing how these current events is desribed in the Bible.
16 posted on 06/29/2003 8:52:06 PM PDT by smith288 (We are but a moon, reflecting the light of the Son.)
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To: Salamjohn
I don't think it's a temptation everyone fights -- most straight people I know have never been tempted/felt attracted to others of our gender...and the gay people I know have never been tempted/attracted to the opposite sex. It's a mystery....
17 posted on 06/29/2003 8:53:24 PM PDT by ellery
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To: PhiKapMom
This is getting to be a habit -- items breaking later in the evening!

Yep .. they sure do have a habit of this

18 posted on 06/29/2003 8:53:57 PM PDT by Mo1
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To: PhiKapMom
It's all about sex, why should anyone have to hear it? They try to make it sound innocuous by calling it 'gay'.
19 posted on 06/29/2003 8:54:24 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: Salamjohn
More like a psychological or emotional disorder brought on by molestation, lack of bonding with one's same sex parent or severe rejection.
20 posted on 06/29/2003 8:54:43 PM PDT by Ol' Sparky
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To: Salamjohn
Dont know, why are there any illnesses and genetic disorders? I ust dislike this coming out of the closet - in your face behavior. It used to be that people kept their private lives more private - (heterosexuals as well.) Now, it is commonplace to air our most private actions. Coupled with PLANNED ignorance of the general population through dumbed-down education, and a Roman-like arena (TV) for tittilating "entertainment" - pockets of our culture are at their basest ever. LOL Luckily, that does NOT exist at FR :)
21 posted on 06/29/2003 9:01:09 PM PDT by Libertina (FR - roaches check in, but they don't check out....)
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To: PhiKapMom
I didn't realize this was "Gay Pride" weekend here in Atlanta until I saw the Joe Lube banner being pulled around by a plane over Piedmont Park.
22 posted on 06/29/2003 9:02:47 PM PDT by spodefly (This is my tagline. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: Coleus; I_Love_My_Husband
Ping
23 posted on 06/29/2003 9:02:59 PM PDT by Calpernia (Remember the three R's: Respect for self; Respect for others; Responsibility for all your actions.)
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To: spodefly
I can understand that! Last weekend I picked up The Daily Oklahoman and there was a picture of a "Gay" Parade in OKC which actually shocked me -- it was on Page 3 though and not on the front page!
24 posted on 06/29/2003 9:03:50 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (Bush Cheney '04 - VICTORY IN '04 -- $4 for '04 - www.GeorgeWBush.com/donate/)
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To: PhiKapMom
I wonder if the leftists in the democrat party are going to fracture it by being so extreme. BTW, you posted later about co-opting langauge. That is an old communist trick. Probably used before then as well. If you have never read this, I highly recommend Wild Swans, the story of the girls of a Chinese family who eventually came to America. But what is jaw-dropping is their (true) description of the way propaganda and language was used to control the people. black was literally white, good was bad. It is a dead ringer - though perhaps we are less extreme - for what is going on here.
25 posted on 06/29/2003 9:07:01 PM PDT by Libertina (FR - roaches check in, but they don't check out....)
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To: PhiKapMom
Gag pride parade?

When I was in high school I had a friend who's dad decided he was "gay" or bi-sexual or something like that. Anyway, my friends sister was a lesbian besides his dads "confusion".

To make a long story short I was around all sorts of queers. My friends dad even opened a business in the Hoston Montrose area for one of his "friends" (who robbed him blind). Every one of them was a mess. Their lives in constant turmoil over something. Never did I meet someone like the "gay couple" depicted variously by TV and the media. The two old "partner" types that were just together and like a "normal" couple. And I met 100's of queers.

More often than not I found most of the queers, especially the "gay" men, to be extremely self-loathing but at the same time quite demanding that you recognize their "gayness". Damn demanding some of them. Either they had to be noticed by doing something outraguous or they were just loud.

As best I can tell the Supreme Court just gave them a good bit of the recognition ALL the queers I ever met wanted or demanded. That they be looked at as normal. This won't be good enough for many of them. Unfortunately, some of those are lawyers. There is some real gross stuff on the way....

26 posted on 06/29/2003 9:14:34 PM PDT by isthisnickcool (Sorry, but this tag line has been blocked by the FTC "do not tag" list!)
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To: spodefly
Price: $12.95

A fool and his honey are soon partied!
27 posted on 06/29/2003 9:16:56 PM PDT by Elsie (Any misspellings are caused by a sticky keyboard!! [that darn ol' Coke!])
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To: PhiKapMom

28 posted on 06/29/2003 9:20:46 PM PDT by deport ( BUSH/CHENEY 2004...... with or without the showboy)
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To: PhiKapMom
``Let's hear it for gay pride,'' Schumer shouted. ``Let's even hear it for the Supreme Court - who ever thought we'd say that!''

Unbelievable!

29 posted on 06/29/2003 9:23:39 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: isthisnickcool
I led a sheltered life in a small town in Ohio! I have only begun to realize how sheltered. Even my kids for the most part were not confronted with anyone from the gay community until they were in college. If someone was gay in their high schools it never came out.

I wondered if the sterotypes on TV were even close to reality. You have cleared that one up!



30 posted on 06/29/2003 9:29:36 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (Bush Cheney '04 - VICTORY IN '04 -- $4 for '04 - www.GeorgeWBush.com/donate/)
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To: Libertina
Thanks for the tip! I will pick it up tomorrow at the library! Sounds like a very interesting book and something we should all read!
31 posted on 06/29/2003 9:30:45 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (Bush Cheney '04 - VICTORY IN '04 -- $4 for '04 - www.GeorgeWBush.com/donate/)
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To: deport
UGH! Thanks for the picture anyways! He makes me ill!
32 posted on 06/29/2003 9:31:17 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (Bush Cheney '04 - VICTORY IN '04 -- $4 for '04 - www.GeorgeWBush.com/donate/)
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To: Victoria Delsoul
That's what I thought too -- unbelieveable! It is like the world has turned upside down. Time to make it rightside up again!
33 posted on 06/29/2003 9:31:58 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (Bush Cheney '04 - VICTORY IN '04 -- $4 for '04 - www.GeorgeWBush.com/donate/)
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To: Libertina
"Wild Swans, the story of the girls of a Chinese family who eventually came to America."

I've read that book, many years ago. Like you, I'd highly recommend it.

34 posted on 06/29/2003 9:38:34 PM PDT by A Citizen Reporter ("We are facing something familiar, but they are facing something new." GWB 8/3/2000)
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To: PhiKapMom
This thread seems to be a follow up to yours:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/937834/posts

Cross linking...
35 posted on 06/29/2003 9:39:56 PM PDT by Calpernia (Remember the three R's: Respect for self; Respect for others; Responsibility for all your actions.)
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To: PhiKapMom
t looks like Sandra Day O'Connor watching `Will & Grace' really paid off.''

Well there you have it folks.

36 posted on 06/29/2003 9:42:16 PM PDT by ladyinred (The left have blood on their hands.)
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To: Calpernia
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/937822/posts

site for the constitutional ammendment to stop homosexual marriage

It also show a MAJORITY of americans DO NOT want homosexual marriage.
37 posted on 06/29/2003 9:43:37 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (Vote!)
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To: Calpernia
Thanks! There seem to be several threads all about the same topic going around here tonight. Sen Frist article from AP started a snowball on here!

And to think, I logged on here expecting no news for a Sunday evening and then to bed early -- WRONG -- I am still here and news was anything but boring!
38 posted on 06/29/2003 9:43:46 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (Bush Cheney '04 - VICTORY IN '04 -- $4 for '04 - www.GeorgeWBush.com/donate/)
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To: ladyinred
That blew my mind! Past time for her to retire!
39 posted on 06/29/2003 9:44:30 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (Bush Cheney '04 - VICTORY IN '04 -- $4 for '04 - www.GeorgeWBush.com/donate/)
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To: A Citizen Reporter
Amazing the Communist hoaxes the people bought into! Or were afraid to speak out about. Like the King with no Clothes, to an extreme. Remember the parts about the truck with a giant carrot and fields filled with crops planted overnight to "prove" a new fertilizer's "miraculous" properties?
40 posted on 06/29/2003 9:45:11 PM PDT by Libertina (FR - roaches check in, but they don't check out....)
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To: All
BTW look for homosexuals to say marriage is a "contract" this is to get a back door to the full faith and credit argument. Marriage is an INSTITUTION not just a mere contract. Marriage as an instutition would remove it from attack on full faith and credit.

Either way family and children must be protected.
41 posted on 06/29/2003 9:50:48 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (Vote!)
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To: isthisnickcool; Salamjohn
Either they had to be noticed by doing something outraguous or they were just loud.

That's what I've seen. A desire to shock others. Adding inappropriate sexual comments in simple conversations, doing inappropriate things.

Maybe, if there is a genetic component, it has to do with a personality type that has this need be be noticed at all costs and being gay helps fulfill this?

Who knows. Either way I don't want to lower the value of marriage in this society for them. (No fault divorce has done enough already.)

42 posted on 06/29/2003 9:54:11 PM PDT by lizma
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To: PhiKapMom
Did you see this article I Love My Husband posted?

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/937744/posts

I have an odd feeling something is going on here. Someone just posted to you about communist propaganda....I can't remember the freeper handle. I've been in google doing searches on communist propaganda from what that freeper posted. Some interesting returns. It goes along with what a new freeper posted too about NGO...hold up, maybe that is another worthwhile link. I will get it.
43 posted on 06/29/2003 9:59:00 PM PDT by Calpernia (Remember the three R's: Respect for self; Respect for others; Responsibility for all your actions.)
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To: longtermmemmory
BTW look for homosexuals to say marriage is a "contract" this is to get a back door to the full faith and credit argument

They always go in the back door.

44 posted on 06/29/2003 10:01:05 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: PhiKapMom
Read this new freepers post: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/937078/posts?page=16#16

Now link in about the info on communist propaganda...I find it very, tinfoilish? Intriguing? Don't know. I have been noticing quite a few NGOs receiving monies elsewhere.

hmmm
45 posted on 06/29/2003 10:02:34 PM PDT by Calpernia (Remember the three R's: Respect for self; Respect for others; Responsibility for all your actions.)
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To: longtermmemmory
BTW look for homosexuals to say marriage is a "contract" this is to get a back door to the full faith and credit argument.

My thoughts exactly. Do we really think the gay community will hold these marriages to any standards what so ever?

It will be more like...We'll have the ceremony, sign up for all the perks and bennies and hold our reception at the local bath house. How romantic! Jeez.

They will be giggling all the way to the bank.

47 posted on 06/29/2003 10:06:33 PM PDT by lizma
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To: PhiKapMom; All

Out of the closet,
Into the streets!

48 posted on 06/29/2003 10:10:30 PM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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To: The Ghost of Richard Nixon
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/937744/posts
49 posted on 06/29/2003 10:14:27 PM PDT by Calpernia (Remember the three R's: Respect for self; Respect for others; Responsibility for all your actions.)
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To: All
International Healing Foundation

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50 posted on 06/29/2003 10:57:39 PM PDT by Cindy
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