Great! Now watch how opponents of equal marriage in the UK will spin this way out of proportion and context. Let the histrionics begin. Brace yourselves.
What, you mean all those mousy-quiet homophobes who aren’t already making up apocalypses of hot married brother-on-brother sex?
Let them whine. They are losing and will continue to do so, no matter what they say.
Big present for all opponents of us, especially in this year, who will be historic for same-sex marriage around the world. Have Dutch government nothing to do in favor of gay rights in this Kingdom? What about right of civil servants to refuse marry gay couple on ‘religious-ethic’ grounds? Or right of religious schools to discharge openly gay teacher the very same day, when his sexuality became open, without any compensation – last case at the moment was 2010 in Utrecht (something as Dutch version of ‘don`t say gay’)?
Actually, the current government has already agreed that new civil servants will no longer be able to refuse to perform marriage ceremonies for same sex couples, and that (religious) schools will not be allowed to sack teachers because of their sexuality.
Source (in Dutch)
I don’t think it’s entirely fair to criticise what is the most progressive country in the world on this issue for not considering how religious zealots and other bigots might use the proposal set out in the article to attack gay rights elsewhere.
Thank you very much for this information. I am glad to know this. Well, together with first same-sex marriage on the Caribbean island of Saba it seems to be an very nice epilogue of gay friendly Queen Beatrix reigning.
To blazes with the haters and whiners, polyamory is a valid and positive way to have a loving relationship.
There is no sensible reason to refuse to recognize a third parent, given that society already recognizes one or two adoptive parents (having no genetic relationship to the child).
It makes perfect sense to acknowledge that in some families two lesbians might want the biological father to have parental rights also.
Let’s be very clear that this is NOT polygamy, it is NOT marriage, it is simply recognition of parental rights. This already exists for heterosexuals, where, say, a women re-marries, her new husband has parental rights also regarding her children, but the children’s father also has parental rights.
This is parental recognition related to same-sex couples, it is not marriage. It is precisely what France needs to do with French PACs and same-sex couples, so that BOTH partners in a relationship have parental responsibility.
BUT, as everybody is pointing out, anti-gay opponents will twist and misrepresent this to the public, that this is polygamy and say they warned everybody. :(
Yes, indeed. I can just hear Dr. Sharon James of C4M spinning this one.
What’s not to like? My two kids (27 and 24) consider that they have 4 parents and are perfectly well adjusted. Their opposite sex partners have fitted into the whole arrangement perfectly happily and one of them is a practising catholic. I’m presently in the middle if cordial discussion with my no-voting MP in the hope that I’ll persuade her that her religion does not demand that she continues on her current oppositional course but I recognise that I need to try to understand her perspective. That’s hard because it’s rather like asking the Jews to see things from Hitler’s point of view. Seems to me that we have some cause for optimism.