Gay weddings: suing, voting, feasting

Singa from a little red dot tries to teach China about ancient Chinese culture and is shouted down. California’s Supreme Court rules that last November’s Proposition 8 is valid, thus banning gay marriages again, but the battle continues. Opinion polls across the US show increasing support for gay marriage.  Full essay.

8 Responses to “Gay weddings: suing, voting, feasting”

  1. 1 laïcité 31 May 2009 at 17:16

    Views such as Singa’s are sadly not uncommon in Singapore. Homosexuality, premarital sex, divorce and even freedom of speech are demonized as liberal evils from the west that should not be accepted by our traditional asian society. There is a sort of superiority and arrogance about our “traditional values”. Even when we hear more about the legalization of gay marriage in an increasing number of countries, the average conservative Singaporean is likely to react in a similar fashion: “We chinese are not like that.” or even “We chinese have more morals than that.”

    Of course it doesn’t help that the government does all it can to perpetuate this belief.

    • 2 Midianite Virgin 1 June 2009 at 12:16

      I wonder if they even know that homosexual acts are not illegal in Hong Kong and Taiwan, both with far deeper Chinese roots than Singapore. One of the things expats joke about when we are not around is how ignorant we are of things outside of making money and our children’s grades.

  2. 3 Teck Soon 1 June 2009 at 05:10

    You can also tell he is Singaporean because he cannot properly form plural nouns (“…condemn all form…” is what he said). Clearly, he doesn’t represent educated Singaporeans.

    • 4 Amalekite Infant 1 June 2009 at 12:11

      He *does* represent educated Singaporeans. There are people all the way up to VP level who write like that. The problem is that even the “educated” get their grammar from speech and not writing. This is not a problem in countries where most educated people speak grammatically.
      In Singapore, the grammar in your writing is a good indicator of how much you *read*.

  3. 5 Sister of Cain, Mother of his children 1 June 2009 at 16:39

    One of the silliest distinctions made in Singapore society is between “Cosmopolitans” and “Heartlanders”. It wouldn’t surprise me if Singa and others like him consider themselves “Cosmopolitans”. But hey – only Singapore can produce cosmopolitan country bumpkins.

  4. 6 Kangaroo on Noah's Ark 1 June 2009 at 16:51

    There have been further responses since. All by embarassed Singaporeans – this is a demographic indicator of the sensibilities of the younger generation.

    We are the Dixie of Asia. Progress comes, but we will always the last to see it. Country bumpkins and proud of it.

  5. 7 xtrocious 4 June 2009 at 08:25

    Well, Singa could also represent the now very vocal ultra-right wing Christian group that has been trying to astroturf and misrepresent the majority as being conservative to the point of being homophobic…

    We now know that there are these people around – thanks to the recent AWARE incident – so you can say it did raise our AWAREness 🙂

  6. 8 Anonymous 10 July 2009 at 03:26

    Sidestepping the gay marriage issue, I would like to touch on employment issues for gays. Have you ever wondered why there are still no gay Chief Justices in the United States, given the fact there already women Chief Justices, black Chief Justices and an up and coming Hispanic Chief Justice. Similarly, there are still no gay Secretary of States when there are already representatives from the other discriminated groups. And there are no gay economic advisers in Obama’s economic team. You mean, gay people cannot make good economists? Job discrimination against gays is alive in the United States. Activists in the United States perhaps should focus more on the employment issues.

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