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'From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step' - Diderot

Wednesday, 3 November 2004

Eleven US states ban gay marriage

In the elections yesterday, eleven US states have voted in state constitutional amendments to ban gay marriage. The states are: Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Ohio, Oregon and Utah. Only in Oregon did the measure pass with a slim margin.

In three of the states that is 'all' that is banned (namely Oregon, Mississippi and Montana). In eight states (Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Ohio and Utah), hoewever, additionally banned are civil unions and domestic partnerships, with the amendment in Ohio going further by banning the granting of any benefits to same-sex partners.

Frankly, for a country supposed to be based on 'freedom' and 'liberty' this doesn't shock me any more, but it does disgust me. I'll comment on the big issue only after the result of the Presidential election is announced formally.

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