Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Down on the Farm

Havel on Marriage Rights for Gays

Andrew Sullivan has former Czech president Vaclav Havel's reaction to his nation's decision to provide gay couples legal status:
"Though with a very tight margin, I am very glad that the legislation eventually made it through parliament. I was most intrigued in the debate by the absurd ideology advocated by the Christian Democrats and Klaus, who argue that family should have advantages since, unlike homosexual couples, it brings children to life. This is the concept of family as a sort of calf shed in which bulls can inseminate cows so that calves are born ... This is nothing spiritual, nothing intellectual. This is a purely material concept of family. This is what made me most upset in the debate."
This is wonderful news, and I would welcome similar statements from a revered former leader in our own country.

Meanwhile, Czech gays and lesbians have a law that "defines the establishment and termination of a partnership, ensures the partners' right to information on the health condition of each other and a chance to inherit property just as married couples do." Who'd have thought former Communist states would, less than 20 years after the end of the Cold War, behave in more enlightened ways than we do?

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