(An anti-gay, anti-Dem mailer from 2004 election that TWN first publicized)
My occasional blogging heads partner David Frum may have coined the “Axis of Evil” for George Bush to have an easy way to denigrate Iran, Iraq and North Korea — and thus undermining the possibility of a strategic pivot then in US-Iran relations, but how about an “Axis of Love” given what is happening this week in Washington, DC and Mexico City.
Ottawa has been way ahead on such NAFTA-respecting possibilities.*
Both Washington, DC and Mexico City — each the capital cities of their respective nations — will allow same sex marriages to start this week, on succeeding days.
This is progress and great news. I can’t remember the last time that some abusive legal provision or pet peeve of a Member of Congress wasn’t deployed to prevent progress in the District of Columbia. I refused to celebrate the possibility that same sex marriage might in fact happen – until it happened.
But remarkably, we seem to be there — and so to in Mexico City, which I now plan to visit much more often. I already go to Ottawa a lot.
I want to commend David Brooks for his New York Times piece long ago and for joining other conservatives such as Andrew Sullivan, David Boaz, Jonathan Rauch, James Pinkerton and others for calling for an end to bigotry on the right. In retrospect, Brooks’ work and the writing of these others did make a difference.
— Steve Clemons
(* Note that I originally noted that same sex marriages were not allowed in Ottawa. This was in error. Not sure why I made this mistake as I once considered going to Canada for such a marriage. Count it a jet lag issue. Thanks for those who sent corrective notes and for your patience!)