Saturday, June 12, 2010

Same sex marriage, and other linkage

The Althingi, Iceland's parliament, has just voted unanimously for same-sex marriage. Unanimously. This makes me happy. In case you've forgotten, Iceland is the only country with an out head of state, Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir.

The New York Times ran an editorial in favour of same-sex marriage:

After a nearly three-week trial in January, and a lengthy hiatus while lawyers fought over documents, closing arguments are scheduled for Wednesday in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage. No one expects the ruling from Judge Vaughn Walker in Federal District Court to be the last word. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco, will have its say, and so, eventually, may the Supreme Court.

The testimony made abundantly clear that excluding same-sex couples from marriage exacts a grievous toll on gay people and their families. Domestic partnerships are a woefully inadequate substitute.

Over at Sterling Editing we have our usual weekly roundup of links of interest to writers, including the New Yorker's look at the current taste for dystopian YA, and a toe-curlingly true video of what it's like for some writers when they venture into publicity.

And yesterday in Seattle we had sunshine--actual yellow feel-it-on-your-face-it's-not-a-dream *sunshine*. I was so amazed that I forgot to take photos. The weather people are promising more--more more more--of the same for the weekend. Woo-hoo! I'll be planting a little herb garden on the back deck and perhaps I'll remember to take photos of the heretofore mythical summer. I hope you have fantastic weather wherever you are, and that you laze about in it a bit. I am now going to spend some time fondling inappropriately the .jpg on my screen:

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