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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

On When Tiny Nations... Which Part?

So it has just emerged that they have said 'Yes!' to Egalité  in France, now the 14th country to include same-sex marriage in the books. They are following Uruguay, in Latin America, and New Zealand, down under. All in a span of two weeks!

Couples will now be able to adopt and to marry under the French flag, come rain or high fire.

Maybe come blows and high fire. For it is unconscionable that in the country of the Enlightenment, LGBT folks have to endure violence and verbal attacks, ever on the increase, since news of the new law emerged. Why the anger?

It is said that the "Marriage for All" bill will now be sent to their President, François Hollande, to be signed into law and soon made official.

Here's hoping equality marriage opponents, with their virulent attacks, find the proverbial wrench /spanner too heavy to throw it in the works and that equality becomes a fact of life for ALL in France.

We are going to be demanding a slice of the whole pie we have been talking about... And champagne!

Congratulations, France!

Where else in the world can you find Egalité?

In the European Union:

1- The Netherlands
2 - Belgium
3 - Spain
4 - Sweden
5 - Portugal
6 - Denmark
7 - Norway
8 - Iceland
9 - France

Elsewhere in the world:

10 - South Africa
11 - New Zealand
12 - Canada
13 - Argentina
14 - Uruguay
15 - Brazil (as of May 14th, 2013)

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

On When Tiny Nations Jump Two Steps Ahead | Part 2

What should we be writing about today? North Korea's blustery antics? Background checks when buying guns in the United States? Endless and senseless wars in the Middle East?

Well, none of those.

We'll be picking up where we left off by talking about France and how the Senate in that country has made equality marriage a reality earlier today. The thing is, we/they are not entirely there yet in that there are a few loose ends that have to be tied up before that is made official.

They better get moving or they will be left eating dust because in Uruguay (see previous post), just a couple of hours ago, lawmakers voted to legalize gay marriage, making adoption and other family rights which are granted exclusively to straight couples, a fact of everyday life. The twelfth nation  in the world to adopt gay marriage.

In ten days' time, Uruguaians will be celebrating on the streets; that's when their president, Jose Mujica, will put the law in the books. Will you be joining the party?

Meanwhile in France, today's vote is pivotal in the whole equality marriage debate after France's lower house of parliament approved legislation in February by a vote of 329 -229. However, on their agenda today, was a bill, Article 1, establishing gender-neutral language to refer to spouses with 179 Yes! votes against 157 to the contrary.

Remember that pie in the previous post - top pastry and bottom pastry with a delicious filling in between? It's in the oven...  French couples should be able to savour it by next week after a weekend of marathon voting when they will have decided, we are hoping and waiting, whether same-sex couples are allowed to adopt and be able to get additional rights as married couples. Will they be joining Uruguay?

Here's hoping (lifts a glass of wine) those lovely folks in France give us a slice of that exquisite dish they are now baking in the name of Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité!


That's nothing less than a revolution, we hope.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

On When Tiny Nations Jump Two Steps Ahead

So far, today, the news coming out of Montevideo, Uruguay, are the best in the week, at least for some us.

It has just been announced that Marriage Equality is soon to be a reality in this pocket size country in southern Latin America.

We've read the Senate in that country has voted overwhelmingly 23-8 to make marriage equality an undeniable fact for LGBT citizens.

The lower house is expected to give the go ahead to modifications in the bill in the next few weeks when it's going to be ready to be signed into law by President Jose Mujica.

Meanwhile, in our neck of the woods and in the United States, folks have been granted that most fundamental of human rights piecemeal, in bite-sized portions. As if to say: "there, there now, I'll give you this much right now and if you just wait a little longer,  mother will give a bigger slice of the pie.

It's perfectly all right. We can wait. We have eyes to see, ears to hear,  and an infinite amount of patience.

Here's hoping for that whole pie, with its fresh aroma, and crusty, crispy bite.

Congrats, Hermanos!

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