There is some very good news for the world as the Australian Parliament has (finally?) passed a bill that allows for same sex marriage. In celebration of this event, the nice people at Carvaka have put together a lovely little video outlining the amazing progress the world is making in respect of legalising gay marriage.
I was very heartened to see that South Africa was one of the first countries in the world to legalise same sex marriage, although there are a number of caveats that make something of a mockery of this legislation (marriage officers, both civil and religious, are not obliged to marry a same sex couple) — perhaps we need to campaign to get that changed (along with the bizarre notion that government officials are allowed to ‘use their personal discretion’ when deciding whether or not to process the documents that allow for transgender people to register their correct sex, regardless of whether or not the person has jumped through all the right hoops)? The law also was frankly weird in that up until this year, transgender people who had got married (as an ostensibly heterosexual couple) before transition, had to formally divorce after transitioning if they wanted their sex to be properly recorded on their identity documents. This was frankly weird and was rightly (and successfully) challenged by Adelle Hertz earlier this year.
I hope you enjoy the video and join me in welcoming Australians into the fold of progressive countries where people are free to express their love for one another regardless of what you may (or may not) find between their legs!