We seem to be quite fond of the odd referendum or two in this country.
We even go so far as to repeat them if someone thinks we got the wrong answer.
The latest one is rearing its ugly head and we are expected to vote on it in May. There will be two parts to it: one is something to do with voting age and the president [don’t ask] and the other is on the recognition of same sex marriage.
I have no opinions on same sex marriage. I happen to prefer different sex marriage but that's just my bag. If two men or two women want to go and get hitched that's entirely up to them and has sweet fuck all to do with me.
What I do love about our referendums is the arguments the Crazies bring up. When we had a vote on divorce, the Crazies started screaming about how no woman would be safe as every man would be demanding a divorce [the genders were never transposed for some reason]. When we have one of our regular abortion votes, the Crazies claim that babies will be aborted if they don't have blue eyes or some such nonsense. With the Crazies, everything is either banned or compulsory and every situation has to be brought to an extreme.
One of the Crazies was on the News last night [starts at around 21:45]. David Quinn heads up the Iona Institute which is one of those jack-boot pro-Catholic pro-children organisations whose ideal is a mother and father with ten [blonde and blue-eyed] kids all smiling sweetly around the breakfast table and reciting the Rosary before tucking into bowls of muesli. Anyhows, Quinn decided to deflect the argument to the subject of adoption by same sex couples [what about the cheeeeldren!!]. He ranted on about the adoption agencies not being able to tell if the adoptive couple was same sex or not as they would be all the same under the new laws. Personally I would have thought that just looking at the couple might give a hint, but that would spoil a good argument?
From listening to Quinn I got the distinct impression he would be horrified at the idea of a loving same-sex couple adopting a child and would much prefer that child to live with a heroin addicted mother and an abusive father, because that would fit his nice concept of "rights". Fucking twat!
I must confess I do have some personal thoughts about kids being reared by same sex couples. My concerns mainly concentrate on events when that child has to go to school. I remember from my days the bragging that went on between kids about what their fathers did for a living – it was a sort of status thing. I just wonder what reaction little Jimmy will get when he says his Daddy is an air steward and his other Daddy is a hair-dresser.
Kids also have a very nasty habit of picking on an unfortunate child for any difference they can discover. If he or she is taller or shorter or fatter or thinner than average then the name calling starts. Woe betide any kid who has glasses! And when the fuckers discover that their classmate has two mothers or two fathers then it's game on for the bullying season!
I can see trouble for that kid.