Wednesday, June 11, 2003

They're here, they're queer, and watch out Rick Santorum, they're getting feisty.

Good for Canada. A Canadian court ruled in favor of gay marriage, allowing the first gay couple to marry and enjoy full equal recognition and treatment under the law. Public opinion in Ontario favors gay marriage rights by a very slight majority. So the courts are a little ahead of the social curve on this, just as they were for civil rights in America. And I believe the ruling will help advance acceptance and inclusion for gays as Civil Rights legislation did for African Americans in the 60s. When Canada fails to fall into an abyss of bestiality and incest (though what wouldn't you give to see that?), it will be harder for legislative bigots to mouth off about homosexuality destroying the social fabric.

And good for Rosie O'Donnell's gay brother, a freshman senator in NY's state legislator. One of Daniel O'Donnell's Republican colleagues spoke against a bill that would protect gay students from harassment on school grounds by declaring that children need to get a consistent message that homosexuality is not OK. In response, O'Donell shouted "You keep your homophobia out of this chamber and you keep it out of this building and you keep it out of the government. We are here. We are your brothers and sisters. We deserve respect and we demand respect and we're going to get it."

Goddamn right.


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