I’ve got a bunch of news stories to report concerning gay rights.
1. First, next week a new documentary arrives in select theaters about the role the Mormon Church played in passing California’s infamous Proposition 8, which re-illegalized gay marriage and retroactively revoked the marriages of same-sex couples who had wed in California:
2. And this film is rather appropriately timed as it’s looking as though the Church the government will rule that they didn’t properly report their non-monetary contributions to the campaign to get Prop 8 passed:
California’s Fair Political Practices Commission will likely fine the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints $5,538 for being late to report about $37,000 in non-monetary contributions to the Yes on Proposition 8 campaign of 2010.
Now that’s a depressingly tiny punitive charge but maybe with enough public outrage, more serious fines will be charged.
3. But the biggest gay rights story to come out today has to be Iceland’s unanimous legalization of gay marriage:
The Althingi parliament voted 49 to zero to change the wording of marriage legislation to include matrimony between “man and man, woman and woman,” in addition to unions between men and women.
Iceland, a socially tolerant island nation of about 320,000 people, became the first country to elect an openly gay head of state in 2009 when Social Democrat Johanna Sigurdardottir became prime minister after being nominated by her party.
“The attitude in Iceland is fairly pragmatic,” said Gunnar Helgi Kristinsson, a political scientist at the University of Iceland. “It (gay marriage) has not been a big issue in national politics — it’s not been controversial.”