Bil Browning, in what hopefully won't prove to be a lapse in his usually impeccable journalistic judgement, has added me to this site's list of contributors. In showing me the ins and outs of blogging, something totally new to me in my almost 68 years, he advised me to make things interesting by including a link every now and then. Take a look at this sizzler for starters and see if I got the message. Bil also told me to try and keep paragraphs to three sentences or less. So far, so good on that one.
Attorneys, and that term includes semi-retired ones like me, have a way of turning three sentences into thirty pages. I know that a lot of you "regulars" relish reading deeply into Bilerico.com's many and varied offerings. But I also know that many of you suffer from AAAS (Acute Attenuated Attention Span-itis), and distrust anything that can't be condensed into a 15-second sound bite. So I have my work and literary self-discipline cut out for me.
The challange of conciseness and brevity has really hit home to me this past year in my association with Stop The Amendment, a partner in the Indiana Equality coalition. The organization's focus is to educate our Indiana General Assembly and fellow Hoosiers about the FINE PRINT in the so-called "Indiana Marriage Amendment" to our state's consitution.
The proposed amendment's "large print" simply limits Indiana marriage to one man and one woman (until death do they part unless one of them is Britney Spears in which case 55 hours will do very nicely, thank you) But the FINE PRINT is decidedly less sexy. Well, OK......it's legalistic and boring:
This Consitution or any other Indiana law may not be construed to require that marital status or the legal incidents of marriage be conferred upon unmarried couples or groups.
Your first assignment, dear reader (if you are still awake and choose to accept it) is to read those 29 words slowly and carefully, over and over if necessary, and ask yourself critically: "What the heck does this stuff mean?" (Feel free to use a stronger set of words.) In my next post I'll try to give you my own take on it and why you and your state legislator should be very concerned about it. And I'll keep it all within your attention span. Well....mine at least. Happy head scratching!>