Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Gay Marriage and not so gay marriage

So Dubya did it again - he opposes gay marriage, what else is new? I actually just read the proposed amendment text for the first time which is:
"Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman. Neither this Constitution, nor the Constitution of any state, shall be construed to require that marriage or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon any union other than the union of a man and a woman."
Ok, so what's so damn great and exclusive about heterosexual marriage? I can tell you after doing a bit of research:
It's not working:
The total numbers of U.S. divorces (excluding the non-counting states) reported finalized annually are 957,200 in 2000.
(The total numbers of U.S. marriages (including those states) reported celebrated annually are 2,355,005 in 2000.)
It can be a dangerous union:
Two million spouses (mostly women) are threatened with a deadly weapon annually, according to the US Department of Justice. One half of all American homes are affected by domestic violence at least once a year.
This holy union does not always result in a loving family:
The National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS) reported an estimated 1,400 child fatalities in 2002. In 2002, more than one-third (38 percent) of child maltreatment fatalities were associated with neglect alone. Physical abuse alone was cited in more than one-quarter (30 percent) of reported fatalities. Another 29 percent of fatalities were the result of multiple maltreatment types.

So, this is something that should be protected from us ? Clean up your own mess biggots and put a little love in your life instead of hatred and ignorance!

It's one of these days I'm glad I live in Europe - and could marry my girlfriend if I chose to (well and if she said yes!). After all those horrid figures here's some nice lesbian romance for you - in an Australian Johnny Walker ad from 1997. You can see it at The Commercial Closet

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