The number of divorces filed in North Carolina dropped to a 25-year low in 2014, the same year a U.S. District Court judge effectively legalized same-sex marriage here.
People don’t like condoms. This we know. In fact, The New York Times reported in a 2013 article titled “Getting Men to Want to Use Condoms,” that only five percent of men around the world use them, in spite of the fact that they are around 98 percent effective in preventing unwanted pregnancies and STDs such as HIV/AIDS.
“The human soul can always use a new tradition. Sometimes we require them.” The lines, which appear in Pat Conroy’s award-winning book, “The Lords of Discipline,” resonate with our community at a time when so many gay and lesbian couples who have dreamed of a traditional “white wedding” can now realize those dreams.
Burrow into Lee Christian School’s “lifestyle statements and covenant” — a wordy, contractual document requiring the signature of parents, school employees and students grades 6-12 — and you’ll find this nugget: “Gender confusion and dysphoria are ultimately the biological, psychological, social and spiritual consequences of the human race’s fallen condition. This state of depravity affects all persons individually and collectively.”
Janice Covington Allison has become the first transgender person to join the Democratic Women of Mecklenburg County’s executive board as its hospitality committee chair. She was sworn in on Jan. 13 at The Asian Library, 1339 Baxter St., by the Democratic Women of North Carolina President Concetta Caliendo.