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Fire and Ice

In the US, the Virginia legislature just passed an incredibly offensive bill attacking queer families.

Canada, by contrast, just issued linuxspice a Spousal Work Permit for being my same-sex "conjugal partner." My work permit has a little notation on it reading "Accompanying Family Member: Amanda Elif Yilmaz."

Virginia attacks queer families; Canada gives us an official document recognizing us as one. I think I know where I'd rather live.

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rubylou
Apr. 22nd, 2004 09:01 pm (UTC)
Oh, dear God. This is terrible.
mmarques
Apr. 22nd, 2004 09:10 pm (UTC)
yay, Canada!
tedesson
Apr. 22nd, 2004 09:35 pm (UTC)
Yeah Canada
Yeah Mr Dressup and Casey!
futabachan
Apr. 22nd, 2004 09:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Yeah Canada
And Finnegan. Especially Finnegan.

Y'know, Finnegan looks like he'd be very easy to make. I think I need a Finnegan.
tsjafo
Apr. 22nd, 2004 09:55 pm (UTC)
In time America will adjust. The convolutions will cause most people to think and think they will. Most folks will realize that the objections shrieked by the thoughtless, the hateful, the ignorant, sound rather silly when looked at in the light of reason, and the noise and commotion will most definitely make people look. Most folks will discover that the threat to their lives, liberty and happiness are not people who care about each other, whatever their sex, but the intolerant who seem to believe that true happiness must be begged of the few. Times will change because we will not let this go on.
tedesson
Apr. 22nd, 2004 11:26 pm (UTC)
age
eventually, those who are intolerant will die, and things will change.
iamjw
Apr. 23rd, 2004 03:46 am (UTC)
This is one of the areas in which We Are Not American is said with justifiable (I feel) pride. Twenty years with Trudeau as Prime Minister (he who said, "the state has no business in the bedrooms of the nation") also helped. Of course, Trudeau would never have been elected in the US.

There are many ways in which Canada is culturally closer to Europe than the US. While we have absorbed a lot of USian culture, especially through their tv, and while we constantly fight a battle against their businesses swallowing ours whole, we maintain a strong connection with Europe and more liberal viewpoints. We do have a religious right - it's just not that strong a voice here.


mango_king
Apr. 23rd, 2004 04:37 am (UTC)
Lucky me; my partner and I live in this state. I think it is only going to get worse before it gets better as the religious wackos have such control over the legislature. We would like to consider moving to Maryland where there is not such hatred spewed. Sobering indeed to live in a state where you have no rights, where gay parents lose custody of their children. Please think of me as an honorary Canadian as I, as sad as this sounds, am ashamed to be a U.S. citizen. I need to work on my accent a little.
teddywolf
Apr. 23rd, 2004 07:23 am (UTC)
I find Canada refreshingly sensible when it comes to human rights most of the time.
tedesson
Apr. 23rd, 2004 07:42 am (UTC)
fire and ice
I wonder how much of the extreme rightward shift in USian views is being reinforced artificially.

Poke this culture war fear button, and watch the population spin in meaningless circles taking up space and throwing off sparks.
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