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by Leslie Spencer

Much has been done to publicize the plight of homosexual couples and their fight for the right to a legal marriage. This noble struggle has spawned a newfound courage in the hearts of other so-called alternative lifestyle couples that have witnessed the successes achieved by homosexuals. For centuries, in most countries, it was acceptable to condemn alternative romantic relationships involving people of the same sex, people of the same family, people and animals, and even people of different races.  At the forefront of the new struggle are Jim and Lisa of Sioux City, Iowa. Because of recent death threats, they have requested that their last names not be printed.

Jim and Lisa, twins, have been romantically involved with each other since the age of 15. They are now both 24 years old. The pair grew up on a farm and had a strict Mormon upbringing. From a very young age, Jim and Lisa realized that their bond as twins exceeded the so-called norm.

Says Lisa:

“It was weird growing up because we realized we were identical but at the same time we had opposing genitalia. Our faces are very similar.”

Says Jim:

“It all started on New Years Eve 2003.  Mom and dad went to a party. Lisa and I stayed home. I was busy watching television, playing video games, and smoking a little marijuana. Lisa was up the whole night memorizing Bible verses and praying because that’s what she always did on New Years Eve. I remember going to the bathroom to urinate and I was pretty stoned and out of it. I sat on the bathroom sink and started masturbating while looking at myself in the mirror. Anyway, as soon as I reached orgasm I realized that I hadn’t been looking into the mirror. In reality, I had been looking at Lisa and she was the one manipulating my genitals. It was weird at the time but now we just look back at what happened and laugh. Apparently, Lisa had smoked some of my weed and since we’re both twins, we both kind of thought we were me and that I was masturbating myself. It was really strange but other twins have told me the same thing has happened to them.”

After that night, Jim and Lisa embarked on a forbidden romance getting them expelled from the church and evicted from their home by their parents. They both would like to cement their romance in matrimony but have faced stiff resistance from both lawmakers and conservative Christians alike. The real question in all of this is:

What is marriage and who has the right to define it?

If there is a true separation of church and state in the United States of America, then the guidelines for marriage outlined in books like the Bible should not play a part in the legal standing or validity of a given relationship. Theoretically, free Americans should be able to love and marry whomever they please, gay or straight, black or white, human or animal, related or not related. Any attempt to further restrict the matrimonial rights of so-called alternative relationship couples would be hypocritical, uncivilized and communist.

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By: Harvey Weinberger

Welterweight champions Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr have been fighting each other in the press for several years although fans clearly prefer to see them fight in the ring. The latest media battle between the two has been over one of the most delicate subjects in U.S history, gay rights and same sex marriage. Although Mayweather is usually the more vilified of the two, he apparently has won this most recent battle and has gained a legion of gay fans that identify with him and his beliefs.

Pacquiao, on the other hand, has alienated thousands of gay fans with his religious anti-gay rhetoric stating recently,

"God only expects man and woman to be together and to be legally married, only if they so are in love with each other. It should not be of the same sex so as to adulterate the altar of matrimony, like in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah of Old."

To the delight of his gay and lesbian supporters everywhere, Floyd Mayweather Jr immediately stood up for his beliefs stating,

I stand behind President Obama & support gay marriage. I'm an American citizen & I believe people should live their life the way they want.”

While some fans were surprised about Mayweather’s support for the gay cause, others actually expected it. Long time gay activist and Michigan native, Cletus Tucker, says he has known Mayweather to be bisexual for quite a while now,

“Mayweather sure is an attractive man and I love the way he came out and told the world that ain’t nothing wrong with being gay or wanting to get married if you’re gay. I remember when I met him and I must say that boy’s got the cutest smile and the shiniest skin. That new skinny jeans trend really fits him well and I was just overwhelmed at how athletic he was. He winked at me when he said goodbye and I knew what was up. We both knew.”

Although Mayweather’s bisexual status is well known to some in his native Michigan, sources close to Mayweather indicate he may be planning to come out officially on a popular social network. One camp member known as “Pookie” stated,

“People like to talk about some sex tape they say came out with Floyd, Zab Judah and some trannies but I’ve never seen it. In my mind, Floyd could be a bisexual but I don’t think he gets down with trannies. Don’t get me wrong, Zab Judah might get down like that and I know Zab and Floyd were real close at one point. Regardless, I think one day Floyd will set the record straight about all that stuff. If you ask me, he’ll probably tell everybody on Myspace, Twitter or one of those computer websites.”

Although often vilified, Floyd Mayweather Jr. should be commended for choosing to express his sexuality and his beliefs in the freedoms granted him as a citizen of the United States. Perhaps the Philipino born Pacquiao should take note.   

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