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Come from the Sapphic-sounding capital city, stay for the Sapphic-voiced vows

by Jeremy Hooper

Congrats, Portugal:

LISBON, Portugal — Portugal's Parliament passed a bill Friday allowing gay marriage in the mostly Roman Catholic country.

The Socialist government's bill won the support of all left-of-center parties. Right-of-center parties opposed the change and sought a national referendum on the issue, but their proposal was rejected.
The proposed law goes to Portugal's conservative President Anibal Cavaco Silva who can ratify or veto. The veto can be overturned by the parliament.

If there is no presidential veto, the first gay marriage ceremonies could take place in April — a month before Pope Benedict XVI is due on an official visit to Portugal.

Portugal Parliament votes to permit gay marriage [AP via Chron]

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This is really embarrassing. Really. Embarrassing.

Gay folks are a global COMMODITY and the voices of gay people everywhere joining their cultures and communities in marriage are being heard.

And here comes America, even with a shining example of a similar culture to the north, with incremental laws to full marriage equality, America still can't get it together in adhering to several Constitutional laws.

1. Full faith and credit of the 14 amendment.

2. Protection of the minority by a tyranny of the majority.

And there is nothing so tyrannical as disallowing gay people from full inclusion and protection with the rights accorded all citizens who participate in all the RESPONSIBILITIES of citizenship as well as the duties of spouse and/or parent.

Jeremy, head over to and check out Maggie's screed regarding the Prop. 8 trial and it's telecast.

The very people who are oh so proud of how they complicate gay lives, don't want to be exposed to the consequences of what they do.

They are cowards after all. To not even want the public to see how due process of the laws they demanded to place on gay lives actually works.

And all these bogus and unproven claims that said exposure will or has generated threats to those who supported Prop. 8 is the impetus for not being televised.


It's just more piling on the stereotype that gay folks are threatening and are sore losers and childish for not accepting the outcomes in the states NOM meddles in.

Brian Brown and Mags seems to be VERY boastful about how much they win, how wonderful and brave they are for all the work they are doing.
Yeah, it's real tough to spite people who aren't your enemy, who just want to be married, hopeful and loving and spite their children by keeping their parents from securing them through marriage.

Yes, it's real bad ass to stereotype and demonize people fully at peace with you and too busy worrying about how to care for their loved ones, keep jobs and maintain vital health and financial support in their families.
You know, like EVERYBODY ELSE who is a responsible and productive citizen.

Keep giving yourselves every excuse to rationalize what you do, Brian and Mags, then run when you're confronted with the damage you cause and the human casualties behind it.

These are the kinds of people I absolutely can't stand.

1. Cowards

2. Stupid

3. Unethical

4. All of the above who think their religious belief absolves them from being fair, truthful and owning up to the consequences of how they hurt other people who aren't hurting them and have no wish to.

Posted by: Regan DuCasse | Jan 8, 2010 10:42:04 AM

Well written Regan. You sure pushed her button JH. We just have to be more ashamed to face the world every day trying to claim we are a 'free' people and live in a land of EQUALITY for ALL. HOOT!

More on 'civilized' Europe. "Even though the country took a momentous step forward, it has voted down a proposal to allow same-sex couples the right to adopt."

Posted by: LOrion | Jan 8, 2010 3:11:40 PM

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