More positive news items
Just a few updates:
* Mexico City approves civil unions. More good news in a very Catholic nation. Ratzi’s boyz can’t be happy.
Mexico City’s assembly on Thursday voted for the first time in the country’s history to legally recognize gay civil unions, a measure that will provide same-sex couples with benefits similar to those of married couples. The mayor was expected to sign the measure into law.
The bill, which does not approve gay marriage, allows same-sex couples to register their union with civil authorities, granting them inheritance and pension rights, as well as other social benefits. Lawmakers were still finalizing the details.
…Mexico City is a federal district with its own legislature, and the law will apply only to residents of the capital, with a population of 8.7 million. This is the first time any state legislature has approved such a law anywhere in Mexico.
* Massachusetts legislature votes to delay debate and vote to end marriage equality. From Bay Windows:
Lawmakers voted to recess the ConCon until 2 p.m. Jan. 2, 2007 by a 109 to 87 vote, which is the last day of the legislative session. Technically, lawmakers could reconvene to take the issue up, but itâ€™s extremely unlikely. Which means that the amendment has died by procedural maneuver. The significance of the recess vote as opposed to an adjournment vote is that Governor Mitt Romney cannot call the legislature back into session.
* We won’t have this guy to kick around anymore. Want to see Man-On-Dog’s concession speech?
So will his out gay communications director go to work for him in the private sector or move on to another gay-bashing elected official?
“The unfortunate thing is that Republican leaders still don’t appear to get it. Sen. Arlen Spector, R-Pa, said on Wednesday that the election results represented a ‘seismic earthquake’ and that his party must become ‘a lot more progressive and a lot less ideological.’ Dick Armey emerged from four years in the wilderness to blame conservative Christians for Tuesday’s defeat. They were, he said, ‘too involved’ with the party. He can’t be serious! Someone should tell him that without the support of that specific constituency, John Kerry would be President and the Republicans would have fallen into a black hole in ’04. In fact, that is where they are headed if they continue to abandon their pro-moral, pro-family and pro-life base. The big tent will turn into a three-ring circus….Values Voters are not going to carry the water for the Republican Party if it ignores their deeply held convictions and beliefs.
* Hispanic voters flipped the bird at the GOP on election day. Boy, the party really kicked itself in the posterior on this demo. So much for outreach.
Republican gains among Hispanic voters evaporated in Tuesday’s election, and some party leaders are blaming harsh rhetoric on immigration for the reversal. Cutting into the Democrats’ traditional advantage among Hispanic voters was a key to both of President Bush’s election victories. In 2004, when the president was at the top of the ticket, 44% of Hispanics surveyed after they cast their ballots said they voted Republican.
This year, the figure dropped to 29%.