Saturday, June 27, 2009

Let's Be Like Europe: Seriously, this time...

With thanks to Waldo, this is the map of Europe with recognized gay marriage in green and civil unions (or their equivalent) in red:

3 comments:

Waldo said...

Dude, you made the green bits come out So much clearer...fabu! Smartly done!

Townie 76 said...

Steve:

Let's take it a step further; in most European Countries in order to marry ones "contract" is solely the purview of the state--a wedding in a church is merely a choice and individual makes. The clergy are not authorized to wed a couple for the State.

Our nation, which claims to have separation of church and state has given the clergy a role in officiating in the execution of a legal contract between a couple. If we want true separation of church and state; we would adopt something similar to the European system. At that point any objections to gay marriage by religious groups while mildly distressing would not be germane.

Hank

Anonymous said...

What's your point Townie? Judges can also perform marriage ceremonies. I've been to a few. Guess what? They mentioned God during the ceremony. I was surprised. You don't have to go in front of clergy to be married in the eyes of the state.