If it's OK with Australia's parliament and the man upstairs, then it's fine by me." And Bill Shakespeare once made some joke about roses being pretty awesome even if you were to call them something else.
This was a slow week (March 21 – March 27) in gay marriage.
1: Basically the only newsworthy event in this news cycle was a dust-up between H&R Block and the ACLU. The American Civil Liberties Union thinks that H&R Block's online text software ought to have an option for civil unions. The site says to contact H&R Block by phone or come to one of their many locations for help in this regard. The ACLU contends that it's a pricier option that is also more time consuming, so no deal, pencil-pusher. Doesn't the ACLU typically just get into arguments with the government? Read more from the Houston Chronicle about this scrum.
This week (March 14 – March 20) had 3 main stories in gay marriage/ unmarried couples rights:
1: We know a few things about the great nation of Norway. For instance, their capital is Oslo. Their currency is the Euro. They one of the most expensive standards of living on Earth, which is good as they have the 2nd highest GDP. And the kids there whose parents get divorced make bad grades. And they’re tolerant and respectful of other cultures and lifestyles. Slightly more wholesome than the Dutch, which is weird. They have allowed gay civil unions for half a decade but are now poised to give Norlandish gays full marriage rights. Basically, gay couples had to jump through hoops for adoption and were barred access to state-run fertility programs. Read more about Norwegian gay rights from Aftenposten…
2: Hometown Annapolis is reporting that although the Maryland State Senate shot down gay marriage this year they’ve decided to pass a bill that will give unwed couples more rights in making medical decisions for each other. They have to prove a certain level of interdependency i.e. joint residence and accounts. Crab-cakes and football, that's what Maryland does, wooo!
3:According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pennsylvania State Senate Judiciary Committee decided to pass a constitutional ban on gay marriage. So, sweet mustaches won’t be able to meet in sweet matrimony. That’s a bummer for yins gay Bill Cowher lookalikes.
Little known fact: Our favorite movie that takes place in rural Pennsylvania is All The Right Moves. Craig T. Nelson, Tom Cruise, the late Chris Penn, and Lea Thompson; 2 words: rent it.
If you're keeping score at home that's basically a wash for gay marriage: 1-1-1 this week.