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Work has finally calmed down a bit. I'm catching up on CoU e-mails, finally.

I just had a thought; the City of Toronto is refusing to grant a marriage certificate to the gay couple that won the supreme court case, right?

Well, why is that? Then I realized; the Pope is in town. Mel's spin doctors don't want the Pope to come face to face with the first legal homosexual married couple in North America (I think they're the first, anyway).

So, I predict the city will back down once his large-hatted-ness has gone back home.


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Jul. 26th, 2002 11:38 am (UTC)

I suddenly have the urge to organize a spontaneous pride parade.

And here's me thinking I didn't have any more issues with Christianity. Well, aside from the murder, disease and ostracization of millions. Oh, and the cultural destruction. Ahem.

I'm getting better, really I am. I can hang around inside the Vatican and not think about how all the riches came from the toil of honest people, or stolen from South American natives centuries ago. Really I can.

Actually, I saw the Piete, (Michelangelo's statue of Mary holding the dead/dying Jesus). That was something, and even moving. I can't hold anything that has produced that much beauty in TOTAL contempt. Even Christians have redeeming factors :)
Jul. 26th, 2002 06:11 pm (UTC)
According to zil, it's a dangerous time to be a culture jammer; some catholic guy got arrested for handing out pamphlets with condoms on them to WYD folks. Not charged, just arrested, then released, to get him away from the WYD assembly. The reason behind the arrest? Trespassing. Um.
Jul. 27th, 2002 06:40 am (UTC)
Apparently, I was wrong - he wasn't arrested, but was told by police to move along, despite being in a public place. (There's a transcript of his conversation with the cops about 1/4 of the way down the page.)
Jul. 27th, 2002 06:38 am (UTC)
Here is the cbc's take on the challenge to WYD. The comments/letters down at the bottom are particularly amusing.
Jul. 26th, 2002 12:25 pm (UTC)
There were couples in Hawaii who I believe were legally married, without any qualifications or conditions... but that was overturned. Stupid legislature.
Jul. 26th, 2002 12:43 pm (UTC)
They are indeed the first in North America. Only Germany and Denmark allow same sex marriages. It appears that Canada will be only the third country in the world to allow same sex marriages.

I'm not sure whether to be proud that we're one of the first to allow this, or disappointed that there are so few places in the world where equality extends far enough to include same sex marriages.

A little of both, I suppose, though more of the second.
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