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Saturday, November 1, 2008

Spanish Queens Unhappy With Spanish Queen

Spain's Queen Sofia Objects To 'Gay Marriage,' And Parades
"I can understand, accept and respect that there are people of other sexual tendencies, but should they be proud to be gay?" she says in the book by journalist Pilar Urbano, which is officially published on Sunday, her 70th birthday. "Should they ride on a parade float and come out in protests? If all of those who aren't gay came out to protest we would halt traffic."

She also objected to the term "gay marriage," although the Spanish parliament legalized same-sex marriages in 2005.

"If those people want to live together, dress up like bride and groom and marry, they could have a right to do so, or not, depending on the law of their country," she said, "but they should not call this matrimony, because it isn't. There are many possible names: social contract, social union."
While I'd probably disagree with Her Majesty on the jots and tittles of the issue of marriage, I've gotta say she's spot on about the gay pride parades. I've been to pride in Washington, Atlanta, New Orleans, and San Francisco. All of them were more vile than not, and embarrassing for the most part. Not that I'm ashamed to be gay, but I am ashamed of the way the fellow members of my orientation choose to misbehave in public. Whatever happened to these guys?

Note: no glitter, no dildos, fully clothed, they're not having sex on rejected floats from a highschool homecoming parade, and look... they want to be treated as individuals, not part of some special class of put upon and put down victims, and they're carrying an AMERICAN FLAG! Where'd we go wrong?


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