Monday, December 20, 2010

Repealing bigotry

The US Senate has voted to end the US's homophobic "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which has seen thousands of men and women kicked out of the military solely because of their sexual orientation. Good. The policy had been found to be unconstitutional, and while the bigots (backed by President Obama) were fighting a desperate rearguard to retain it, it was doomed. Legislative repeal is quicker, and strips them of any claim to be the victims of "judicial activism" (AKA "judges enforcing the constitution").

But while the Senate has done a good job in removing this minor form of bigotry, a greater one remains, in that most of America still prohibits same-sex marriage, or even civil unions. Isn't it time the US Congress acted to remove that bigotry too? And isn't it time New Zealand removed our ban on same-sex marriage as well?