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    同性婚が合法化

    I don’t want to give anyone a heart attack, but I think Andrew Sullivan’s post about gay marriage yesterday was pretty temperate and mostly well-reasoned.

    There, I’ve said it.

    Christianist Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council said of the Canadian decision, supported by a majority in the polls: “Similar to tactics here in the U.S., the move for gay ‘marriage’ in Canada was driven by a small minority and liberal activist judges.” And a parliamentary and popular majority, Mr Perkins. And please refrain from those scare quotes around the term “marriage.” Whether Perkins likes it or not, there are now no differences between gay and straight marriages in Spain, Canada, Holland, Belgium and Massachusetts. His scare quotes – and those routinely used by the Washington Times – apply to heterosexual couples as well. Are their marriages now phony, according to the religious right?

    In Canada (where the bill still needs Senate approval) and in Spain, gay citizens and their sympathizers have been able to get a majority of legislators on their side to effect changes in legislation. Who was originally “driving” the movement doesn’t alter that. And as for “activist judges,” I believe the decision that was reached a few months ago was that gay marriage would not itself violate the Canadian constitution–not that denying marriage to gay couples was unconstitutional. The part about scare quotes is shakier, but the point that the law routinely and legitimately defines words in ways that are different from their ordinary usage is a good one.

    I’m still skeptical about gay marriage as policy–for reasons that include those Sullivan raises at the end of his post, which are never far from my mind because of the kind of household I live in. But I’m unreservedly happy that barriers to our being able to form enforceable bonds with our partners are being removed. Neither piece of legislation affects Atsushi and me, of course, but they make a nice lead-in to the weekend. (He’s coming home tomorrow morning.)

    I get the sense that I have few readers who are interested in both gay stuff and Japan stuff, but for those interested in the brief Nikkei article on the Spain vote, it’s here. The Yomiuri‘s is here, and it also has a report up about the Canada vote. Congratulations on Canada Day, BTW.

    2 Responses to “同性婚が合法化”

    1. Mark says:

      Thanks, Sean. I’m pleased about the law passing here in Canada (though I still have no one to marry, dammit). Unfortunately, the news is not all good. We now we have the very real prospect of our only right-of-center party, the Conservatives, fighting the next election on a platform of repealing the gay marriage legislation. Not only would this be a sad choice of priorities (we have a state-run healthcare system that’s in shambles), it would almost certainly be a losing issue, thereby sentencing us to many more years of quasi-socialist rule.

    2. Sean Kinsell says:

      Well, that’s the eternal problem, right? Just about all our policy issues are associated with the left, even when they wouldn’t have to be. In the States, too, some rightists have tried to push for the FMA by threatening not to support Social Security reform (not that it’s been the major focal point of an election cycle). I wonder what alignment of celestial bodies it would take for gay activists to start arguing for health care reform to their quasi-socialist benefactors.

      In any case, now when you do meet Mr. Right and the Moment of Truth comes, you’ll have something more concrete (not to mention romantic) to offer than, “Uh, hon, I was thinking maybe it’d be a good idea to take out life insurance policies with each other as beneficiaries?”

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