Harper’s Horrible Hobgoblins Open A Big, Gay Pandora’s Box

I took today off so I’m not yet up to speed on everything going on with the possible change in Canadian policy that says same sex marriages performed in Canada don’t count if the people getting married aren’t Canadian citizens. Want to catch up with me?

The Globe And Mail is following this thoroughly. Here’s the story that got it started, which Rosie linked to this a.m. (thank you, Rosie). Here’s their latest, along with a column by John Ibbitson.

(I don’t want to praisie the paper too much, though: after all, its editorial-writing numbnuts squad did endorse the Conservatives in the last election.)

Here’s The Canadian Press, here’s the CBC and here’s The Toronto Star. And here’s Dan Savage, an awesome U.S. gay rights activist (and awesome newspaper editor, and awesome sex and relationship advice columnist). Savage is a U.S. citizen who was married in Canada and if his marriage is nullified, he’s got problems:

There are potentially serious consequences for same-sex couples in Washington state who married in Canada. Right now, if I’m not mistaken, Washington state recognizes same-sex marriages performed in states and countries where same-sex marriage is legal—but Washington treats these couples (me and Terry included) as domestic partners under WA state law. Washington’s DP law grants same-sex couples all the rights and responsibilities of marriage that the state controls. So… if same-sex marriage isn’t legal for foreigners in Canada, if our marriages aren’t valid in Canada, it’s possible that this move by Harper’s government means that couples like us—same-sex couples from WA who married in Canada—are no longer domestic partners under the law here in Washington state. What a headache.

Now, I’m not sure how much actual damage has been caused by this news. The government looks like idiots, though why anyone would be surprised that the party with connections to the creepy religious right and that once waged a jihad against same sex marriage is inept on this file is beyond me.  Certainly a lot of gay, lesbian and even straight people who give a shit have been pissed off, had feelings hurt, feel unwelcome, etc. Aside from that? We’ll see. Please share your thoughts below.

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth was carried to Regina in a swarm of bees. He's been with Prairie Dog since May 1999 and will die at his keyboard before admitting his career a terrible, terrible mistake.

38 thoughts on “Harper’s Horrible Hobgoblins Open A Big, Gay Pandora’s Box”

  1. Spelling is all the more important if you happen to be name-calling. They may be numbnuts at the Globe, but they can spell.

  2. Psst. Stephen? Mr. Whitworth, sir? Me again.
    I think you mean: Please “share” your thoughts below.

  3. That’s a local story, Talbot — prairie dog’s not interested. U.S. primaries? Different matter altogether.

  4. Re: school closures: very interested. Don’t have anything enlightening to hare with you at the moment. Maybe I’ll editoriaize later.

    (Also, board meetings are always on the nights we go to press, which is a problem for coverage.)

  5. #9 Coincidence? I think not.
    A suggestion: Tell the board you go to press on Tuesdays.

  6. #9 Why stop at one editorial, S.W.? Why not write several editoria? Show those numbnuts at the Globe how it’s done at the prairie dog.

  7. Beatty can spell “Scheherazade.” His boss has trouble with “share.” Maybe it’s time for a shakeup over there at the prairie dog.

  8. Apparently there’s a move afoot to amend the Act and close the loophole, but really, with all the lawyers it has at its disposal, couldn’t the government have anticipated this problem while it was drafting the Act?
    Good job, Nick; sorry I haven’t tag-teamed, but I’ve had a busy few days here.

  9. Re. typos: “Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.” Oscar Wilde.

    (I hate typos as much as anyone, but come on, the complaints are getting repetitive. Until PD and/or Planet S hire me as an editor, it’s gonna keep happening.)

  10. Let’s have a quote-off: “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds…” (Ralph Waldo Emerson). The key word, of course, is “foolish”, which a concern for good, consistent spelling, grammar and usage is not. If the complaints are getting “repetitive”, the problem isn’t with the complainers, who care enough to ask that the writers(s) get it right.

  11. “There is nothing either good or bad, but copy editing makes it so.”
    William Shakespeare

  12. “To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon typos is the most perfect refreshment.”
    — Jane Austen

  13. “A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the typos.”
    — Winsto Churchill

  14. “Clothes make the man. Typos have little or no influence on society.”
    — Mark Twain

  15. “Everyone told me to pass on ‘Spede’ because it was a typo.”
    — Sandra Bullock

  16. “The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same typos for the first time.
    — Friedrich Nietzsche

  17. “You’re only young once, but you can make typos forever.”
    — Stephen Whitworth

  18. “Ibbidy … ibbidy … ibbidy … dat’s all folks!”
    — Elmer Fudd

    (Have great day, guys. Take care, talk soon.)

  19. #31 That’s the spirit!! Don’t be afraid to join in!!
    There are also typos in #25, #28, #30. Placed there for your copy editing pleasure.
    And now I really do have to leave.

  20. Typos are a compliment when the alternative is having people pretend you don’t know how to spell ‘langauge’. Seriously, the next time a superior watches over my soldier as I mis-type, like, “Saturdy” to have her point out that “Saturday” has an “a” at the end, NO F*CKING SHIT, SHERLOCK…as if there are no bad typers, only bad spellers, I’m going to EFFING LOSE IT. That said, typos shouldn’t ever go to print (someone tell Jeffrey Simpson’s editors at the Globe), but if you’re, for some reason, staring at someone as they type, you should at least respect them with a 3-second rule and allow them to fix their mistake before BLURTING out “OH SATURDAY TAKES AN A AT THE END” while treating them like they’re shit for brains.

    My most common typo lately has been the semi colon for the apostrophe, dunno why.

  21. Don’t beat yourself up, Talbot. Typos have more to do with reading than with writing. The problem is, Whitworth seldom reads what he writes. There’s a punchline in there somewhere, but I’ll let this one slide. It’s Friday and I’m feeling charitable.

  22. Psst! Stephen? Mr. Whitworth?
    Terribly sorry to wake you when you’re editing copy, but this will only take a second. I promise.
    I hate to break the news so abruptly, but the thing is, well, I’m submitting my resignation, sir.
    I’ve been invited to join the Wikipedia Typo Team, and of course I have accepted. Who wouldn’t?
    I’ll be leaving shortly, and before I go, I’d like to say farewell and express my gratitude for everything that prairie dog has done for me.
    Without you, I wouldn’t be where I am today. The captains of the Wikipedia Typo Team couldn’t believe I had found THAT many typos in such a short period of time!!
    So, good-bye, Stephen, and thanks again, to all of you, for helping me earn my stirpes.

  23. #30 it’s Porky Pig.

    The Day computer only typed papers were mandatorily enforced into the elementary school system, all useful handwriting skills,were lost.

    My Gr. 6 teacher, Ms. Nelson,( I think ), at Massey, wrote all of the notes we needed to reproduce on any subject on the chalk-board. she would fill 3 c-boards.
    The moment after she put the last period on board 3, #1 was erased, (etc. for board #2 ) and she would write again , write not print. You had to keep up!
    This was almost everyday not just an occaisional 1 off. She was pretty & cool.

    I’m just starting to get muscle memory on my keyboard.

    My almost blind, 90yr old Mum can still write letters by hand like she was still in her 20’s.

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