The Supreme Court in Canada said that by failing to appeal a number of lower court rulings that said excluding gays from marriage was discriminatory, the federal government had already accepted that position.
So does it matter that it’s called marriage? That seems to be the big thing, that it should be called the same thing. I’m not really sure that I care what it’s called but then again I do want a particular change that no one seems to be seriously legally considering yet (except perhaps in Holland). Legally marriage should be allowed to be polygamous. Three people kissing in a bar should not be a grounds for any sort of complaint not should three or more people standing proclaiming vows.
Whats this? Mish suddenly becoming pro-relationships? Pro-marriage even? People want relationships, people should learn to exist by themselves first if you ask me. Become familiar with the insides of their own heads before they inflict them on other people. Enjoy existing, the wonders of simply being before trying to be with another. I guess my position is that I want people to like themselves on their own terms first, (hardly anyone seems to sometimes) before liking themselves on someone elses. I managed to live like that dishonestly for 5, honestly for 2 years, before I got caught out. I still believe relationships are inherently bad for people, unfortunately stating this from the inside looks like hypocrisy.
But all that aside, if straight couples can get married, then gay couples should be able to. And since I believe that not only is it possible to fall in love with more than one person, I also believe it is possible to have an open, loving, trusting and sexual relationship with more than one person then I think that polygamy should be legalised.
You know to be honest I don’t think I care what they call it. Civil Union, civil partnership, registered partnership…as long as it means equal rights whats in a name?
Why am I so concerned with the rest of the world? Because it is becoming all the more evident to me, day by day that we are a global society. A long time ago it didn’t matter if you knew what was happening in the next village because it wouldn’t affect you. Now if you don’t know whats happening in the next country you’re out of the loop, and you really ought to be looking a few countries over.
Perhaps this globalisation will lead to the furthering of human rights causes by self-interest: I am a global citizen, I am an earthling. I could work in America, Mongolia, Nepal. I could live in France, Australia, Kenya. And I should be able to have the same human rights wherever I choose to be. But more than this. My neighbours are in South Africa, Pitcairn Island, Trinidad and Tobago. My friends have family in Vietnam, the Philipines, Ecuador. And they should have enough to eat, be able to choose what happens to their bodies, and have the right to legalised love.
The Netherlands:Since 1998 you could register a civil partnership in the Netherlands. Since 2001 it became the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage.
UK: Civil Union between same sex couples have been available since 2001. Since November the Civil Partnership Act has become legal!
Germany: Civil Partnerships since 2003 with not quite same-sex marriages law in October this year.
Spain: When he was elected, Jos