Blinded by rainbows
U.S. Supreme Court makes same-sex marriage a right! Zimbabwe President proposes to Obama! Terrorist flag spotted at Pride Parade! Turkish police create rainbow! … These news flashes and more in this week’s Sex in the Press.
‘Love has won’
‘It came against the backdrop of fast-moving changes in public opinion, with polls indicating that most Americans now approve of the unions.’ (Ten years ago, this approval rating was only 30 per cent.)
‘The decision, which was the culmination of decades of litigation and activism, set off jubilation and tearful embraces across the country, the first same-sex marriages in several states, and resistance — or at least stalling — in others.’
Not everyone considered the ruling a pot of gold.
In the U.S., some citizens took to social media to say they were moving to Canada. (Unfortunately for them, same-sex marriage was legalised in that country a decade ago).
In Australia, the couple Nick and Sarah Jensen said they would divorce if gay marriage became legal in their country. (Unfortunately for them, almost 200,000 people said they would attend the mock Facebook event (‘Celebrating Nick & Sarah Jensen’s DIVORCE!’)
In Zimbabwe, the famously homophobic President Mugabe (90) said sarcastically that he would propose to President Obama. (Unfortunately for him, Obama has never shown interest in older guys.)
The end is near
‘It’s easy to dismiss these objections as angry incoherent bitterness from people who can’t or won’t accept that the rest of the human race doesn’t have to conform to their antiquated views, and many people do just that. But what if they’re not? What if there are genuine scientific reasons to fear same-sex marriage?’ wonders ‘How same-sex marriage could ruin civilisation’.
‘After all, we in the UK know that same-sex marriage caused extreme flooding when it was legalised here, and now that it’s permitted in a country with the size and influence of the USA the consequences could be even more catastrophic.’
The author goes on to warn against the dangers of having more rainbow flags flying everywhere: ‘The [eye’s] photoreceptors can become exhausted if exposed to a particular stimulus for too long. Constant exposure to rainbows could mean people can’t see colours as well, and this could be disastrous. How will they know when to stop or go at a traffic light? Or which wire to cut when defusing a bomb?’
‘Won’t somebody PLEASE think of the children!’
Dildos and rainbows
As a result of the US ruling, Gay Pride parades around the world were covered by the media much more than usual.
In London, a CNN reporter panicked when she thought she saw an ISIS flag among the sea of rainbow flags. ‘I seem to be the only person to have spotted this,’ she said. ‘Nobody seems to be raising any questions or pointing it out.’
Later it was pointed out that the Arabic text on the flag, which did indeed resemble the one used by the terrorist group, was in fact illustrations of sex toys.
Meanwhile in Istanbul: ‘Police in Turkey blast pride parade with water cannons, “accidentally create rainbow”’.
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