Daily Archives: May 12, 2007

Surely the facts are not in dispute.

But then that depends on which facts you’re talkimg about.

“Tens of thousands of “pro-family” protesters are rallying in the Italian capital to protest against laws giving more rights to homosexual couples.
The proposed law would allow all unmarried couples greater rights in areas such as inheritance, but stops short of legalising gay marriage.
Hundreds of activists attended a counter-demonstration supporting the law nearby, in Rome’s Piazza Navona.
The divisive issue is causing problems for Prime Minister Romano Prodi.
Catholics and Communists from Mr Prodi’s coalition attended both rallies, magnifying the same divides that brought down his government in February, says the BBC’s Christian Fraser.
People from around the country gathered amid a carnival-like atmosphere for Italy’s first “Family Day” rally, at Rome’s St John Lateran square.
Music, clowns and games kept children entertained, while older demonstrators listened to speeches by Catholic officials.”

Yep — Send in the Clowns!

“Isn’t it rich?
Isn’t it queer ?”

“Living together is not family,” protester Anna Manara, 58, told Associated Press news agency.
“A commitment such as marriage cements the bond, while other models make it easier to be together and therefore end up making it less valuable.”

Well that all depends on what you mean by “valuable.” doesn’t it?
For as the great Frank Loesser reminds us —

“At Wanamaker’s and Saks and Klein’s
A lesson I’ve been taught
You can’t get alterations on a dress you haven’t bought
At any vegetable market from Borneo to Nome
You mustn’t squeeze a melon till you get the melon home.
You’ve simply got to gamble
You get no guarantee “

“Organisers had said they expected at least 250,000 to attend.
The demonstration had the backing of the Vatican and Italy’s Catholic bishops, although neither was involved in organising the protest.”


“At the counter-demonstration across town, Italy’s Minister of International Trade and European Affairs, Emma Bonino, condemned the Vatican’s interference in domestic politics.
“The Pope is just stepping in politics every single day,” she said.
“You are not in a position to open the news, any evening at all, without a speech from the Pope, be it on Turkey, be it on whatever.”
Franco Grillini, president of Italy’s main gay rights group, Arcigay, said the country was “scared of diversity”.
Yet Mr Grillini said he welcomed the Family Day rally.
“It will be a big protest against us, and that is the best advertisement we could ever have.”
About 500,000 unmarried Italian couples are without shared rights or benefits.
They miss out on social benefits, property or inheritance, a situation that is now at odds with many countries in Europe.”

Well let’s say the overwhelming majority of unmarried couples care.
Something tells me that’s no problem for these two.–

“When Mr Prodi came to power last year he promised his supporters that the government would bring in new laws to protect cohabiting couples.
But with only a razor-thin majority in the Senate, Mr Prodi needs the full support of all sides of his coalition, our correspondent says.
Recent polls showed that most Catholics in Italy are in favour of changes to the legislation despite Church opposition.”

And on that note, Georg, all I have to say is —

“Marry the man today.
Trouble though he may be
Much as he likes to play
Crazy and wild and free
Marry the man today
Rather than sigh in sorrow
Marry the man today
And change his ways tomorrow.
Marry the man today.
Marry the man today
Maybe he’s leaving town
Don’t let him get away
Hurry and track him down
Counterattack him and
Marry the man today
Give him the girlish laughter
Give him your hand today
And save the fist for after.
Slowly introduce him to the better things
Respectable, conservative, and clean
Readers Digest
Guy Lombardo
Rogers Peet
But marry the man today
Handle it meek and gently
Marry the man today and train him subsequently
Carefully expose him to domestic life
And if he ever tries to stray from you
Have a pot roast.
Have a headache
Rent a baby
Rent two!
But Marry the Man today
Rather than sign and sorrow
Marry the man today
And change his ways – change his ways – his ways