Nov 10, 2012 ctnguy commented on Approve R-74 Victory Celebration at Cupcake Royale.
@27 and 37: As far as I can tell from the law, on Dec 6 Terry is automatically "the husband" legally, since their Canadian marriage will be legally recognized. That's not to say that they can't have a ceremony if they want to (and no doubt it will be utterly adorable!)
Feb 21, 2012 ctnguy commented on The African Train and the African Traffic.
@4: It's a four-car train which can carry 460 people. Apparently the stations can accommodate two such trainsets coupled together.
Feb 8, 2012 ctnguy commented on "The law at the time required a prosecution.".
The UK Parliament is in fact about to pass the Protection of Freedoms Bill which will allow people to have convictions for consensual gay sex "disregarded" and erased from the records. It doesn't automatically reverse all convictions, presumably because some of them were for non-consensual sex or sex with under-16s.

I have seen it argued that a pardon for Turing alone would be unfair because it ignores all the other people who were similarly unjustly convicted.
Jan 14, 2012 ctnguy commented on SL Letter of the Day: Those Kinky Katholics!.
@9: that's what the Anglican/Episcopalian church is for! All the high camp fun of Catholicism, none (or much less) of the medieval social attitudes.
Jan 13, 2012 ctnguy commented on Canada: Terry Is My Husband Again... Or Will Be Soon.
It sounds like they're going to pass the law for the sake of clarity (and to allow divorce for non-residents) but the government is not claiming that your marriage is currently invalid. According to the Globe & Mail:

The situation has been “completely unfair to those affected.” Mr. Nicholson said. “I want to make it clear that in our government's view, these marriages are valid.”
Dec 2, 2011 ctnguy commented on Nandos Withdraws Its Mugabe-Mocking Advertisement.
@2: Well, it was founded in South Africa, so it's not surprising that it has branches in neighbouring Zimbabwe.
Dec 1, 2011 ctnguy commented on Michele Bachmann Thinks Gay Men Should Marry Women.
To quote South African Constitutional Court Justice Lourens Ackermann:

The [...] submission that gays and lesbians are free to marry in the sense that nothing prohibits them from marrying persons of the opposite sex, is true only as a meaningless abstraction. This submission ignores the constitutional injunction that gays and lesbians cannot be discriminated against on the grounds of their own sexual orientation and the constitutional right to express that orientation in a relationship of their own choosing.

(from NCGLE v Minister of Home Affairs)
Nov 17, 2011 ctnguy commented on Yet Another Mitt Romney Flip-Flop, This One Involving the Gays.
At least he flipped the right way. I suspect a lot of people's ideas about "the gays" have matured since 1993.
Nov 16, 2011 ctnguy commented on Washington's New Supreme Court Justice Is Thought to Favor Gay Rights. So Why Not Push Marriage Equality Through the Courts Again?.
@1: That's the same approach that was followed in South Africa. In that case there was a common-law definition of marriage which limited it to a man and a woman, and a statute regulating the formalities of contracting a marriage which made a same-sex marriage impossible. The court ruled that they were both unconstitutional, and basically declared a new common-law definition of marriage (since updating the common law is the role of the courts) but gave Parliament a year to fix the statutes. That gave the change democratic credibility (though Parliament acted very much under duress, as the court said it would reluctantly amend the statute itself if the deadline was missed) but still ensured that a later Parliament can't go back and take away the basic right.
Sep 15, 2011 ctnguy commented on Who You Wanna Take Sex & Relationship Advice From?.
I particularly liked this:
Not surprisingly, Dan Savage wasn’t thinking about children.

Yeah, because it's not as if Dan wrote a whole book about having a kid and how it affected his relationship, or anything like that...