And then there were four…

06.30.05

Spain legalized gay marriage just two days after Canada passed similar legislation, becoming the fourth country in the world to end this form of discrimination:

The measure passed the 350-seat Congress of Deputies by a vote of 187 to 147. The bill, part of the ruling Socialists’ aggressive agenda for social reform, also lets gay couples adopt children and inherit each others’ property.

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Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero noted this in debate before the vote.

“We were not the first, but I am sure we will not be the last. After us will come many other countries, driven, ladies and gentlemen, by two unstoppable forces: freedom and equality,” he told the chamber.

It’s pretty clear which way the tide is moving on this one. And, much to the chagrin of Stephen one-issue Harper, it’s not going to win him any votes to keep rallying against it.

The USA, of course, will probably be among the last of the countries in the Western World to grant equality to gays. But then, there were people who voted against freeing the slaves, too. I bet their descendants are real proud of them.

Meanwhile in Israel, the only country in the middle east where gay rights exist, sadly not everyone respects them:

What started off as a lively parade of nearly 5,000 Gay Pride activists quickly turned violent Thursday as three young marchers were stabbed by ultra-religious protesters of the parade.

Sickening, the whole thing. And it just goes to show that no single religion has a monopoly on harmful extremism.

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1 DaninVan 07.01.05 at 10:28 PM

Excuse me?!!! They’re (Ultra-Orthadox) quite prepared to stab fellow unarmed citizens but they’re too religious to serve in the defense of Israel from an implacable enemy who’s sworn to exterminate them???…Holy Shit…

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2 Peter 07.02.05 at 2:57 AM

Holy Shiite

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3 Kevin 07.02.05 at 3:03 AM

Notice that all the countries that support legalized sodomy unions are also big supporters of the plo.

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4 DaninVan 07.02.05 at 6:18 AM

Peter; good one!

Kevin; wha…? That was special

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5 John Palubiski 07.05.05 at 4:36 PM

Wouldn’t Tel Aviv been a more suitable venue? Why purposely set out to offend those whom we know to be deeply religious, and then, when an incident happens, play the offended virgin?

It,s a bit like walking up to Mike Tyson, calling him a wimpy whus, and then complaining when he breaks your jaw!

Of course it was wrong to have attacked the parade’s participants, but then the participants chose the parade route based on no other criteria other than its potential to offend, provoke and insult.

Your remark, Sari, that this “shows that no single religion has a monopoly on harmful extremism” demonstrates your penchant for engaging in moral equivalence.

Let’s remember, at practically every Carifest there are stabbings. Ulta-orthodox Rastas?

I,d love to see these same gay activists pull a similar stunt…..in Mecca.

Then, and only then, would the term “religious extremism” apply in any meaningful way.

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6 josh 07.06.05 at 8:12 PM

Where do you get your info? I’d figure that an intelligent person like you wouldn’t quote a blatant lie. The story tells us about ONE stabber, not ultra-religious protestors who took part in the stabbings.

It’s expected (not acceptable though)when the Israeli secular media continues to demagogue the ultra-orthodox, but why you? Sorry, you even go on to blame the whole Jewish religion?!?!?!

Hello? I suppose it’s an expected attituide with the jewish ed you received. Education to blanketly spite the fellow Jew. Does this score points with the non-Jewish visitors?

Pathetic Sari, really pathetic.

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