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In the United States, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Iowa allow same-sex marriage, as does Washington, D.C.
How do you say “hooray” in Spanish? Argentina became the first Latin American country to legalize gay marriage. The vote took place last Thursday in the Argentinean senate at 4 a.m. after 16 hours, with 33 senators voting for, 27 against, and three abstaining. The Roman Catholic Church fought the measure tooth and nail, organizing a 60,000 person march on Congress. The legislation will also give gay couples all the same rights enjoyed by straight couples, including adoption and inheritance.
Read more here.
Obviously, Cheney’s reasonable untterances were not about his views on enhanced interrogation techniques. Rather, he offered his support for “reconsidering” removing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy of the U.S. millitary on gays. Read the Eugene Robinson WashPo editoral here.
Robinson continues: “I think that freedom means freedom for everyone,” Cheney said last June. “As many of you know, one of my daughters is gay and it is something we have lived with for a long time in our family. I think people ought to be free to enter into any kind of union they wish.”
Robinson quotes some interesting poll data: “Last week, a Post-ABC News poll found that 75 percent of Americans favor letting gay people serve openly in the military. This compares with just 44 percent when the poll asked the question in 1993.”
It was good to hear from our former vice president. He could not stay long in that he was scheduled to return to his coffin where he lays awake during the day worrying about Sadam Hussein and his potential use of imaginary weapons.
The 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act interferes with the right of Massachusetts to define and regulate marriage as it sees fit, so Massachusetts sued the U.S. government today.
Its lawsuit, filed in federal court in Boston, argues the act “constitutes an overreaching and discriminatory federal law.” It says the approximately 16,000 same-sex couples who have married in Massachusetts since the state began performing gay marriages in 2004 are being unfairly denied federal benefits given to heterosexual couples.
“They are entitled to equal treatment under the laws regardless of whether they are gay or straight,” Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley said at a news conference.
Massachusetts is the first state to challenge the federal law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. The 1996 law denies federal recognition of gay marriage and gives states the right to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.
Why can’t humans be as understanding and accepting as other living breathing inhabitants of our planet?
“Two gay male penguins have hatched a chick and are now rearing it as its adoptive parents, says a German zoo.
The zoo, in Bremerhaven, northern Germany, says the adult males – Z and Vielpunkt – were given an egg which was rejected by its biological parents.
It says the couple are now happily rearing the chick, said to have reached four weeks old.”
Would many human children find loving homes if we were more accepting of gay couples? Would we move a step closer to solving the problems of unwanted pregnancies if couples who would love to be parents were given the opportunity?
PASS MARRIAGE EQUALITY LEGISLATION!
New Hampshire’s congress may send their governor a similar bill.