Thursday, February 26, 2009

Inquiring Minds Want to Know

Why is it that Delegate Mark Cole didn't want to answer questions about why he pulled a resolution honoring Equality Virginia on its 20th anniversary from the uncontested block? This isn't the first time he's taken steps to be sure that no one could accuse him of saying anything nice about a GLBT organization. Last year, he pulled a resolution honoring the Gay Community Center of Virginia from the block, too.

Watch the action on the floor of the House of Delegates.

Could it be that Delegate Cole and his allies in the House of Delegates are embarrassed by their apparent bigotry?

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Unintended Consequences

As reported in today's Washington Post, in Catholic France, there's increasing recognition that it is a social "good" to provide a legal structure in addition to traditional marriage that helps stabilize relationships and provide financial security. Offered grudgingly as a "less than marriage" alternative for GLBT people, civil unions are fast becoming the first choice of straight couples who want legal recognition for their union but are not ready for traditional marriage. Interesting ...

And, the irony is that this "redefinition of family" for straight French people came about largely because conservatives refused to open traditional marriage to GLBT people, as has been done in other countries in Europe, or to give GLBT people legal "status" by creating civil unions only for them.

Funny thing about those unintended consequences.