When I blog here, I try to write about things that touch me personally, are eyebrow rising, or (so I hope) give some insight in seriously different arrangements than “elsewhere”, either in my country or in others. I didn’t check the number but it seems there are about 200 countries in this world. Of those 200, only 5 (Begium, Canada, the Netherlands, South-Africa and Spain) have gay marriage either embedded in their law system or simply doesn’t make any distiction between the sex of the partners. One of those 5 is my country.
Now get the twist. Civil servants can refuse to close a gay marriage if it conflics with their personal beliefs or conscience, however, each municapality is obliged by law to marry a homosexual couple, either by haveing at least one servant who is entitled to and will do, or by “flying in” one for the occassion.
Now get the double twist. We have some ex-colonies left in the carribean (yes, a few black history pages are connected, but that is a different subject). After many many years of debating, status changes etc, 4 of those 6 will simply become municipalities of my country. One small island has stated it’s (mainly Catholic) population will refuse to accept the gay marriage. I guess what will happen is they will simply have to comply if they want their status, but then of course no civil servant living there wants to burn him/herself. And of course some people will find that in itself attractive enough to want to be married there. “Flying in” will get a new meaning!!!
I think gay marriage is civilization export and both we, as the island occupants should be proud of it. Feel free to comment.
disclaimer: I am most definately not gay.
note: the situation in the US is more diverse. Massachusetts has a gay marriage law, 7 have some sort of marriage-like contract possibility, while 4 others make no sex distiction.