Petty vindictiveness and institutionalised hatred, coming atcha from my hometown. You’ll forgive me if I take a moment to go into a corner and beam with pride, right? Is it any wonder I ran from that shithole the first chance I got? Coming hot on the heels of Lastyearsgirl’s excellent post on the misjudged and frankly hateful comments recently emerging from the bile-filled mouths of Scotland’s Catholic representatives, it seems everyone in Motherwell is determined to make me so ashamed I’ll never return for so much as a flying visit. And people wonder why I had to flee in order to have any kind of life? London is not the perfect solution to any problem, but most places here I can walk down the street holding my girlfriend’s hand, or be open about my sexuality from the first time I meet a new person. Back there I’d expect anything from insults to people still getting a kicking in the street, and I know I’m not far off the mark.
What makes me laugh is that Breeder McQuaid (male component) says it’s not intended as a slur against the gays. No, instead it’s a mature and reasonable reaction along the lines of the “I’m no wae them, we’re diff’rent, I don’t wantae catch thur germs”. Fucknuts. The problem for religious wackjobs like these is that they’re so desperately insecure in their evermore fallible faith that they feel the need to lash out. What they don’t understand (and nor does the tribunal apparently) is that legally there’s no actual difference between marriage and civil partnership (I’m forever hazy on the details, but it’s nothing significant if they do still differ). The difference is religious, it’s just unfortunate that the religious ceremony is seen as the ‘true’ one, encoded in the law. Would they protest if the form lumped registry office and chapel weddings in the same bracket? No, because they already were. So this is just the “they’ve got cooties” defence. Hysterically, yer wummin McQuaid reckons that people would be confused about whether they were straight or gay just from these forms, but it becomes fairly obvious in any situation where it matters that if one has a dick and the other doesn’t, most likely it’s one of those splendid heterosexual unions (the ones with a nigh on 50% divorce rate, eh?).
Surprisingly, the news of this first came from my parents and for once they were outraged on my side. It angers me most of all because by creating the distinction these backward folks are leaving gay people open to the sort of discrimination that the legal system is trying to eradicate. It forces people to ‘out’ themselves on official forms, and while that may be nothing much in say, Brighton – Sodom of the South, it’s clearly still a big fuckin’ deal in We-Hate-Gays, Lanarkshire. If these numpties are claiming their own form of discrimination – religious – then surely the two should be weighed against each other according to the harm principle. Forcibly outing people, or causing them not to claim their correct legal status is far more detrimental than ‘hurt feelings’. And if they have such a big bloody problem with it, why not ask God to sort it out? If the Invisible Man has such a problem with us queers, then surely there would have been lightning bolts hitting ceremonies all over the place since December 2005?
I’m mostly pissed off since I’m one of the least militant lezzbians you could come across. I don’t see an issue with civil partnerships being named differently to marriages, so long as the legal standing is equal. It’s a final battle I’m willing to let slide where many aren’t. Then eejits like this crawl out of the woodwork and you wonder if there’s any way to have the Catholic Church branded a terrorist organisation, and let Dubya sort them out.
Now playing: Ryan Adams – God Bless the Week You Went Away