Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Gay news for the straight public

Lots of gay stuff in the news lately. The New York Times almost looks like the Advocate these days.

In Iowa (of all places!) same-sex marriage was upheld by the Supreme Court.

In Vermont, the legislature (!) voted to override (!) the governor's veto of a law legalizing same-sex marriage.

And finally, the NYT ran a story about violence against gays in Iraq, concentrating on Sadr City. I think the saddest part in this reporting is the quote below:

“Our investigation has found that these incidents are being committed by relatives of the gays — not just because of the militias,” he said. “They are killing them because it is a shame on the family.”

He said families typically refused to cooperate with the investigation or even to claim the bodies. No arrests have been made in the killings.

Meanwhile at said families' mosques, sadist clerics preach about the evils of homosexuality, and how it is destroying the fabric of society, (and wocka wocka). I'm not sure whether to be amused or alarmed that Iraqi institutions of faith have "risen" to the same level of stupidity as many homophobic denominations in the United States.

I look forward to returning to the United States and arguing with those who oppose such marriages. Slowly, their lines of reasoning and mock outrage over "activist judges" seem to be less and less effective. Perhaps the United States can be a symbol of hope for those unfortunate gays in Iraq, or at least 4/50'ths of the United States can be.

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