Same-sex partners in Britain will be able to enter into civil unions from December, joining gays in parts of Europe and the United States [very small parts of the U.S.] in obtaining many of the rights enjoyed by married people, the government said Monday.How is it that our country, which is supposedly such an enlightened role model for the free world, always seems to be so far behind the curve on slavery, capital punishment (including death for the underage and mentally ill), torture, global warming, and now gay marriage?
Are the Europeans and Canadians really that decadent, or are we just mean-spirited, selfish, and backward? I think back to last November, when an "overwhelming majority" of 51% endorsed all of these things and more, and I have my answer.
At best, we have become the Two-Face of nations, and the ugly side is gaining. Anyone know a really good plastic surgeon?
Update: rorschach has tipped me off that Not-Princess Camilla "is not welcome at the White House because she is a divorcee. The reports do no[t] mention that Charles is also a divorcee." Yes, I'm sure that if we were to scour the records of White House visits since 2001, we would not uncover a single example of a female divorcee ever being a guest there, not a one (apparently male divorcees are okay, though - hmm).
The reason I append this to this particular post is that I wonder whether this is really about Camilla being a divorcee (damn uppity women always trying to improve their station in life!), or whether this is just another example of Bush's penchant for petty spite, sending a message to our erstwhile best buddies in the UK (and to his American fundie friends as well) that we don't cotton to no civil unions for the gayfolk nohow. The fact that Charles and Camilla are getting hitched in a "civil ceremony" only serves to heighten the symbolism.