The Once And Future King Can Be Gay And That’s Fine


Parliament is likely to add an amendment to current legislation that will essentially allow for a simplification of questions of marriage and succession for William and Kate’s children (and grandchildren and further descendants), should any of them be gay. And we all know that that will happen—and not just because the Duchess of Cambridge totally looks like she’d have a gay son (sorry; I have Level Twelve Gaydar. It’s a blessing and a curse). There have been gay rulers before, and I don’t just mean speculation about British monarchs like Queen Elizabeth or King James (who produced, hands-down, the worst version of the Christian Bible that ever existed prior to the Twentieth Century). There have definitely been closeted men and women on the throne (any throne, really). And history has seen plenty of gay monarchs—particularly Roman Emperors.

Ancient Rome had a lot of problems, I know, but dang they were excellent in so many ways.

Anyway, this is a good thing. Members of the Royal family can marry members of the same sex and adopt (or do IVF) and their children will be in in line for the throne.

Now, it’s not a meaningful title—I know. The British monarch is the Head of State in Great Britain, but not the Head of Government. I’m all for constitutional monarchies, but if they have no actual power beyond bestowing knighthoods and orchestrating big events, I kind of think that monarchies are pretty silly. But, then, despite every name in my family being British or at least UK in origin (Harward, Lloyd, Wrenn, Yates), it’s not a part of my identity (my family’s been in the US for a couple of centuries at least). Who is king or queen can probably mean a lot more to citizens of the UK.

But I am still excited because lawmakers too often wait too long to update laws so that they make sense, but this legislation looks like it is set to pass. And that is wonderful. I would love to see a same-sex marriage in Britain’s royal line. More visibility for gay rights on a global scale is a good thing (especially with psychotic countries like Iran and Uganda still in existence).

 

PS: I know that the title to this post is awful, but it could have been worse. I mean, do you remember the Fairly Oddparents episode titled: “The Boy Who Would Be Queen?” I could have gone with something like that. That was a great episode, by the way. I was so amused when so many ridiculous people were accusing Spongebob Squarepants of being super gay, because, um, Fairly Oddparents was so much gayer. From Cupid (super gay) to Timmy’s Dad (who described Teen Singing Sensation Chip Skylark as “delicious”) to Timmy’s drama teacher to Jorgen Von Strangle’s relationship with Binky. Seriously, you guys. If only the sound effects on that show had not been so constant and if only everything had not gone downhill after Cosmo and Wanda had that baby.



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Crisis Pregnancy Centers On the Radar in San Francisco

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It’s always sunny in San Francisco!

Now, I’m not being as flip about the significance of the abortion debate, I’m really not.  If you’re anti-choice, that’s your prerogative, and I totally respect that.  To you, in fact, the news out of Frisco is probably not something to be happy about.

Still, in times of such bizarre political upheaval, it’s kind of refreshing to see a law … well, you know, upheld.  The city’s Board of Supervisors passed a 10-1 reaffirmation last week on a proposal that “would bar pregnancy crisis centers from engaging in false or misleading advertising practices.”

In other words, crisis pregnancy centers will be legally required to put their cards on the table in terms of the degree of services they provide.

From SF Gate:

The legislation targets centers that oppose abortion, and the idea is to assure that women with unplanned pregnancies don’t seek counseling there with the expectation that they’ll be provided a …

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So What’s the Dealio With This Herman Cain Guy?

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I was having a conversation with a friend a couple of weeks ago when he asked my thoughts on Herman Cain.  I’m embarrassed to admit it, but my initial reaction was, “Who the hell is Herman Cain?”

His response?  “The Godfather’s Pizza guy.”

Which made me feel marginally better, considering the guy’s all over the news and I’d barely noticed his existence.

It did get me thinking, though, about how bizarre it is that a presidential candidate can pretty much rise out of the middle of nowhere and somehow become fairly popular.  It also  made me realize that I knew virtually nothing about Cain’s positions, and I have to tell you, the research has been pretty interesting on that one.

Cain on a woman’s right to choose, courtesy of Wonkette:

We are beginning to wonder if Herman Cain actually understands …

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Planned Parenthood as a Political Pawn: Not Progress!

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Planned Parenthood is once again being used as a political pawn, and I for one am pretty annoyed about it. The group’s merits far outweigh the ugly birthmark some feel abortion services to be, and I do not get why anyone—anyone—would stomp all over the great good done by Planned Parenthood in terms of everything from cancer screenings to birth control … and that’s probably why I will never be a politician.

It is not my intent to bash Republicans here, by the way. I have a lot of close friends and family members that see the world from the right, and I fully respect their opinions. If they say, “I hate Barack Obama” and are able to explain this logically instead of spouting off racist rhetoric, I’m good with that.

I do at times, however, find myself biting my tongue because I want so badly to ask them how they feel about being identified by an increasingly ignorant vocal minority. Seriously, Republicans with a brain in your head, please take back your party! These nuts are reflecting badly on you.

And the recent stuff with the occasionally tacky Planned Parenthood, the basic arguments of which have been hashed out here before, is just one more drop of water in the bucket … but it’s a receptacle that’s getting dangerously close to the overflow point.

From NPR:

Just last Friday, for example, Republican Sen. John Kyl of Arizona said on the Senate floor that “if you want an abortion, you go to Planned Parenthood. And that’s well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does.”

In fact, just the opposite is true; well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does is NOT abortion. Kyl’s office later said his …

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