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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

State Opening of Parliament 2015

HM The Queen opened Parliament today in London with a Speech from the Throne written by the newly elected all-Conservative government.  From the official United Kingdom Parliament YouTube channel:
The State Opening of Parliament took place on Wednesday 27 May 2015. State Opening marks the formal start of the new 2015-16 parliamentary session. The primary purpose of this colourful state occasion is to set out the Government's legislative agenda in the Queen's Speech.

A few more street scenes for the pageantry junkies among us:

And Black Rod explains the bit about the doors being slammed:

Monday, May 25, 2015

Marriage News Watch, 5/25/15

Matt Baume of the American Foundation for Equal Rights reports:

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sunday Drive: Red Is the Rose

A lovely Irish folk song, as performed by the contemporary group the High Kings:

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Irish Voters Approve Gay Marriage

Wonderful news from the Emerald Isle, where voters in yesterday's referendum approved marriage equality by 62 to 38 percent, with a turnout of 60 percent.  The crowd in Dublin reacts:

The Taoiseach, Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenney, who endorsed a Yes vote, welcomes the change:

And a straight taxi driver's jocular comment has caused mirth all around the world:

Friday, May 22, 2015

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Swear Like a Brit

Kate is totally lying, of course, about the etymology of sod/sodding - also, you notice she doesn't say a word about buggers/buggering, which the British are so fond of. What a queer omission.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Lovin' the Gay in the USA

Gallup released the results of its 2015 Morals and Values Poll yesterday, including this remarkable finding on attitudes to marriage equality:
Sixty percent of Americans now support same-sex marriage, as the Supreme Court prepares to rule on its constitutionality next month. This is up from 55% last year and is the highest Gallup has found on the question since it was first asked in 1996.

Though same-sex marriage continues to be politically divisive, support for its legal status has reached new highs among Americans of all political stripes -- with Democrats at 76% support, independents at 64% and Republicans at 37%.

Last month, Gallup estimated that about 780,000 Americans are in same-sex marriages.

Today, Gallup also released poll results on the morality of gayness:
In addition to their changing views on the origins of being gay or lesbian, Americans' views on the morality of same-sex relations have also shifted in recent years. Currently, a record-high 63% of Americans describe gay or lesbian relations as "morally acceptable." That became the majority view in 2010. Only a decade ago, a majority thought same-sex relations were morally wrong.

Since 2001, increasing percentages of both Republicans and Democrats say gay or lesbian relations are morally acceptable, though Democrats continue to be much more likely to express that view. Notably, for the first time, a majority of Republicans believe that same-sex relations are morally acceptable. Democrats crossed the majority threshold more than a decade ago.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Marriage News Watch, 5/18/15

Matt Baume of the American Foundation for Equal Rights reports:

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Sunday Drive: Brad Paisley, In the Garden

An old favorite hymn, in memory of those I love but see no longer:

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Friday, May 15, 2015

Armagaydon, Begorra!

A sampling of videos, pro and con, on the marriage equality referendum to be held next week in Ireland.

First, a video in favor of gay marriage, by a straight ally:

Next, a serious anti-marriage ad and a satirical ad - guess which is which:

And a fuming, sputtering anti-marriage advocate gets a big laugh at a "people's debate" last January:

In the same debate, a lesbian makes an impassioned plea for equality:

While we're on the subject, you ought to read the moving commentary by Ursula Halligan, one of Ireland's top journalists, who just came out this week in the Irish Times.

And I'll end this post with a brilliant little clip about a lone straight family determined to maintain their righteousness in the apocalyptic world that will surely follow marriage equality:

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