Friday, January 13, 2012
Gay Marriage and the Unrepentant Old Hippie
I don't know why the Unrepentant Old Hippie feels she has the right to dump on progressives, in such a foamy manner, for having the decency to defend the human rights of gays and lesbians.
Especially since she regularly accuses progressives who despise Stephen Harper and his foul Cons, of suffering from "Harper Derangement Symptom." And probably voted for him, because like him she thinks Big Government and taxes are bad, capitalism and greed are good, anyone left of Michael Ignatieff is a commie, the Canadian occupiers are spoiled kids and rabid animals, and Great Not So Bad leader promised to kill her hated gun registry.
Because she does love guns.
But before she shoots me eh? I might ask her to explain why we should not be concerned about this small detail.
While Mr. Nicholson’s announcement alleviated some concerns, it left one central question unanswered: Does the government consider marriages involving same-sex non-residents to be legal, or not?
Or this one:
It also emerged that the Toronto case was the second time in the past year that Justice Department lawyers have intervened to raise obstacles in a same-sex divorce case.
Several months ago, it launched a legal intervention in the case of a Canadian man, Wayne Hincks, and his partner, who had obtained the status of a civil partnership in Britain.
The Crown contended that a civil partnership obtained in Britain is not equal to marriage under Canada’s Divorce Act – notwithstanding the fact that Britain considers a civil partnership tantamount to marriage.
I might ask her whether she really believes that in a government as tightly controlled as the Harper regime, on a matter like gay marriage, the Justice Department didn't get the green light from the PMO? And the religious fanatics who run it.
I might ask her whether she's aware that Great Not So Bad Leader and his gang are waging a stealth war on gay people AND women, by exporting their foul ideology.
Last fall, three other Conservative backbenchers openly criticized a Harper decision to provide funds to International Planned Parenthood, claiming the group was “deceitful’’ in its language to obtain funding from Ottawa.“We have been clear. We are not reopening the debate on this matter,’’ a Harper spokesperson said at the time.
But the Harper government has been clear that it will not provide funding under its maternal health initiative to countries where abortion is legal and will not fund organizations that provide abortions.
And does she even realize that if it wasn't for a really smart lawyer the Cons would have got away with their evil machinations.
Typically, lawyers are reluctant to speak with the press until a verdict is rendered. Well, what would have happened here? The court might have ruled in her favour. But it’s just as likely — probably more likely — that the court would have held that the law of domicile is a longstanding part of Canadian law, and the couple’s marriage was never valid. And then, when McCarthy complained publicly, Harper and the feds could have blamed the judge and wiped their hands clean of the issue. Their filings would have been buried, and probably no journalist would have gone any further. Not good.
But hey, JJ has a right to express her opinions. What she has no right to do is insult the LGBT community, and its progressive friends, for defending our rights so strongly. Because most of us gay people and real progressives don't trust Harper and his Cons as far as we can spit. And for good reason.
Great Not So Bad Leader has voted against every single gay rights bill ever presented to Parliament, including the one making attacking gay people a hate crime. He believes sexual orientation is a "behaviour" that can presumably be cured. He forced a second vote on the gay marriage bill, he boycotted an AIDS conference in Toronto, he has cut off funding to gay groups.
And most despicably he has never lifted a finger to help bullied gay kids, and when he was asked to make an "It Gets Better Better" video, like so many other leaders have, he flatly refused.
Even though so many Canadian kids, like Jamie Hubley, were killing themselves.
Which is just one reason why I will NEVER apologize for fighting the Harper Cons, the foulest government in Canadian history. Why I am so grateful for the support of so many progressive bloggers.
And why I believe that anyone who attacks our friends in such a Con manner, should take some prozac themselves. Or decide whose side are they are REALLY on.
Oh boy. Once upon a time the Unrepentant Old Hippie was one of the progressive bloggers I most admired.
But that was long ago.
Play this one for JJ...