orichalcum: (Obama)
posted by [personal profile] orichalcum at 09:34am on 07/04/2009
Yay for the first state legislature to pass marriage equality! I'm especially pleased about this because, as I said to CP, it proves that incrementalism works. 9 years ago, the majority of the people and legislators of Vermont were extremely unhappy with their Supreme Court's decision to mandate civil unions. Now well, the state hasn't collapsed morally, it's gotten a lot of extra tourism (some of it from our wedding, _because_ of being a civil-union state), and folks have gotten used to their married gay and lesbian neighbors. And so now the last step can be taken - and it's really hard to complain about "a few activist judges" when the legislature passed it by votes of 25-3 and 100-49.

In largely random celebration, here's a crossover fanfic that shouldn't work nearly as well as it does: "A Death in Bohemia": Sayers/Buffyverse crossover. Rest assured, there are no inappropriate or bizarre relationships, but some quite good and appropriate dialogue - and you could see this happening so very easily. This is especially for [livejournal.com profile] hca, whose game last weekend I was sorry to have missed.

And here is a joyously happy Youtube video featuring the Antwerp train station, and, um, music. Totally SFW, although requires sound - make sure to watch past 2:18.

Also, in More Reasons Why I Love Our President, he made the following comment yesterday in Turkey: "One of the great strengths of the United States," "is that while we have a very large Christian population -- we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation. We consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values."

I want to have American ideals again!
Mood:: 'happy' happy
orichalcum: (Obama)
posted by [personal profile] orichalcum at 09:34am on 07/04/2009
The Washington, D.C. City Council has just voted unanimously to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages in D.C.

And the winner for the best quote of the day is Iowa Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal: "I see a bunch of people that merely want to profess their love for each other, and want state law to recognize that. Is that so wrong? I don't think that's so wrong. As a matter of fact, last Friday night, I hugged my wife. You know I've been married for 37 years. I hugged my wife. I felt like our love was just a little more meaningful last Friday night because thousands of other Iowa citizens could hug each other and have the state recognize their love for each other. No, Senator McKinley, I will not co-sponsor a leadership bill with you."

Rainbows are breaking out all over. Well, except for the majority of the country where it's snowing or raining hard. But on top of the clouds, there are rainbows. :)
Mood:: 'happy' happy


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