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Some good news from overseas


House of Lords approves civil partnerships

As drewan said, why is it we continue to lag behind all of these other countries in basic civil and human rights? We have the strongest military but the weakest view of our own people - what an empty shell we've become (or at least that's how it seems at times).

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platypus
Nov. 18th, 2004 01:51 pm (UTC)
Do those other countries have a religious right like ours?
esprix
Nov. 18th, 2004 02:39 pm (UTC)
Well surely there are fundamentalists everywhere, but I don't know what the percentages are like in comparison, nor how vocal they are. An interesting question, though.
boywhocantsayno
Nov. 18th, 2004 08:26 pm (UTC)
Our fundies are pretty much confined to Alberta, which -- not so coincidentally -- is the one province committed to denying us marriage rights.

So glad I live in Toronto.
montrealais
Nov. 18th, 2004 09:17 pm (UTC)
Yeah. When the last PM started to advance SSM legislation, the Archbishop of Ottawa threw a little hissy fit and threatened to excommunicate him.

This being Canada, His Grace was laughed off the stage, pretty much.
lilairen
Nov. 18th, 2004 04:50 pm (UTC)
The religious fundamentalists in the United States are significantly more influential than most other places, as I understand it. (I've talked to a number of Europeans who are baffled by it.)

My pet silly theory is that the European nations punted their people who were inclined to such behaviours to North America, thereby causing the resulting nation to suffer the logical results of a population significantly descended from religious loonies.
ashoemaker
Nov. 18th, 2004 08:47 pm (UTC)
It seems that in a lot of countries (at least the European ones), religion is a personal thing. Even in countries like Sweden which recently have had (or still have) a state church, the church doesn't seem to have as much influence on the government.

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