The government of New Zealand has legalized gay marriage!
Lawmakers approved the bill, amending the 1955 marriage act, despite opposition from Christian lobby groups.
Or, as they’ll call themselves in 20 years when anti-gay people are rightly consigned to the company of racists and other bigots, “the people who led the charge for gay rights.”
Some declined the sweet wine of equality in favor of sour grapes:
Bob McCoskrie, founder of the lobby group Family First, said the bill undermined the traditional concept of marriage.
“Historically and culturally, marriage is about man and a woman, and it shouldn’t be touched,” he said.
Even if I granted the premise that marriage was historically about one man and one woman (which I don’t), so what? What if there were a tribe somewhere on earth where it was a tradition to rip some poor sap’s still-beating heart out of his chest on your 20th birthday and dance around on a bed of hot coals eating it raw and whacking off with your free hand? I would hope they’d get rid of that tradition, because that tradition sucks. What is traditional should not take precedence over what is fair or compassionate.
New Zealand becomes the 13th country to legalise same-sex marriage.
Other countries include the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Argentina and Uruguay.French and British lawmakers have also voted in favour of legislation allowing gay marriage, although the bills have not yet been passed into law.
And yet all those countries are still around and doing just fine. It’s almost like what we saw with gays in the military, where Christians were swearing up and down that not only would Jesus smite our sinful nation, but that we’d see a mass exodus from the military – presumably because people tough enough to spend months away from home in harsh terrain getting shot at just don’t have the fortitude to fight beside somebody who is just too gay to die for their country. But then it never happened. Could it be that, for lack of any good argument against marriage equality, religious people resorted to the same tactics that keep people in the pews: empty threats about what will happen if we don’t comply? Why, by jove, it looks like that’s exactly what happened.
Good job, New Zealand. Fuck the haters.