Another happy couple denied their human rights
April 26, 2005 12:02 PM   Subscribe

Texas House votes to ban gay unions. A layout editor for The Dallas Morning News has some fun with it. [via TheAgitator]
posted by casu marzu (61 comments total)
That's hysterical. Heads will roll.
posted by grouse at 12:04 PM on April 26, 2005

Don't you know that cheating while in another country doesn't count as cheating at all? Clearly those two are sowing some weird, wild oats.
posted by SeizeTheDay at 12:04 PM on April 26, 2005

posted by fungible at 12:05 PM on April 26, 2005

There will be retribution. This White House is all about retribution.
posted by wsg at 12:05 PM on April 26, 2005

"What happens in Crawford, stays in Crawford."
posted by pardonyou? at 12:08 PM on April 26, 2005

My first thought when I read this was that it referred to labor unions somehow.
posted by hupp at 12:08 PM on April 26, 2005

I'm all in favor of men -- gay and straight -- holding hands in public. macho attitude is really about insecurity, in the end. I still kiss my dad on the forehead whenever I meet him, just like I do with my mom, and kiss them both goodbye that way. I don't really have a problem hugging my male friends in public either. Westerners are really stiff when it comes to such things -- bring the Russian-style how-you-doin' male-on-male kiss on is what I say.

I seriously doubt that straight people are going to start having sexual thoughts about other males because of hand-holding or air-kissing. it's cool.
posted by matteo at 12:14 PM on April 26, 2005

What's the deal with Bush holding hands with Saudi royalty? He doesn't seem to do it with other heads of state, and that might make those latter jealous.
posted by clevershark at 12:15 PM on April 26, 2005

You know, President Bush not worrying about holding hands with a man in public actually makes me like him a little bit.
posted by Joey Michaels at 12:17 PM on April 26, 2005

They're merely exchanging long protein strings. If you can think of a better way, I'd love to hear it.
posted by notmydesk at 12:19 PM on April 26, 2005

That's tho thweet.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 12:25 PM on April 26, 2005

Maybe they are testing out a RedTacton device.
posted by halcyon_daze at 12:31 PM on April 26, 2005

Is this that Man Date that Bush has been talking about for the past 6 months?

hardy har har
posted by almostcool at 12:35 PM on April 26, 2005

Wonderful. A juxtaposition that is perfectly innocent to the accepting, yet totally highlights the incongruencies in the theo-con worldview.

That editor deserves some kind of drink.
posted by trigonometry at 12:36 PM on April 26, 2005

Thanks fer that.
posted by numlok at 12:37 PM on April 26, 2005

Why do photo editors hate America so much? : >

They're so lovers. He's dumped Gannon/Guckert for someone with a bigger oilwell.

there's a collage of Bush throwing like a wuss, and holding hands with other guys etc, somewhere online but i can't find it
posted by amberglow at 12:38 PM on April 26, 2005

Nothing good comes from Texas...

...xcept that striking suit of the lovely Prince, made by Barbara Bush with all the love for her son boyfriend.
posted by elpapacito at 12:39 PM on April 26, 2005

notmydesk has been watching the Simpsons again ...

I think such great friends holding hands is just fabulous.

I think they should date more often. It might soften Bush's image a little. Do you think they use non-petroleum based creams on the man dates?
posted by nofundy at 12:40 PM on April 26, 2005

matteo, many of us kiss and hug our family members--male and female, but an officially anti-gay president should be more careful of showing his love before cameras, no? Especially with a base that rabidly cares about such things.
; >
posted by amberglow at 12:45 PM on April 26, 2005

Too bad Rick Santorum wasn't part of the gathering.
posted by alms at 12:49 PM on April 26, 2005

Awesome. That post made my day.
posted by puddinghead at 12:51 PM on April 26, 2005

bring the Russian-style how-you-doin' male-on-male kiss on is what I say.

This could go over unexpectedly well in Texas, where many male citizens have zesty barbecue sauce on their cheeks.
posted by jonmc at 12:51 PM on April 26, 2005

amberglow: you kiddin ? Many among Bush fans dig manlove ..only a little less explicit cause they're prudes, too.
posted by elpapacito at 12:52 PM on April 26, 2005

Nothing good comes from Texas...

I'm from Texas. :(
posted by grouse at 12:57 PM on April 26, 2005

"If you come into my Oval Office, I'll let you shake hands with my White House staff...."
posted by Floydd at 1:06 PM on April 26, 2005

An other robe, an other stain.
posted by NewBornHippy at 1:26 PM on April 26, 2005

This is hilarious, but I end up concurring with what joey michaels said.
posted by deafmute at 1:27 PM on April 26, 2005

clevershark, it's a cultural thing, it wouldn't be considered strange in Saudi to see a whole line of men holding hands, walking down the street. It's just a friendship thing.

And those two are just friends.
posted by lowlife at 1:41 PM on April 26, 2005

Is Saudi Arabia wearing the blue dress now? And however accepted such things may be outside Texas/the U.S., this is a truly bizarre image. Texas men just...don't. They don't do that in public. If they did, how would they know who the gays were so they could beat them up and legislate against them?

My dad would have had a conniption if he'd been alive to see a Texan U.S. president holding hands with another man. I sincerely hope that many Bush-voters across the state are having sudden doubts about him. And hats off to anyone who uses an uber-conservative, Republican-lovin' rag like the Morning News to make the rest of the state question Bush's manhood. Whoever they are, they are my hero.
posted by emjaybee at 1:42 PM on April 26, 2005

Well, at least Bush's hand was on top.
posted by PurplePorpoise at 1:54 PM on April 26, 2005

Saudis Reject Oil Squeeze
posted by breezeway at 2:01 PM on April 26, 2005

I immediately thought of an attempted conversion via a personal story about how Jeebus saved George's life.
posted by infowar at 2:02 PM on April 26, 2005

I can't blame Texas for banning gay unions. Imagine trying to cross one of their picket lines...
posted by dr_dank at 2:13 PM on April 26, 2005

someone should go look and see what the freepers think of these pics.
posted by amberglow at 2:21 PM on April 26, 2005

Prince Abdullah do you like George check


(Amberglow: Freepers use this to prove that liberals are secretly homophobic).
posted by klangklangston at 2:32 PM on April 26, 2005

In other news this week, here in Connecticut, a place I don't usually have much praise for, our legislature voted to establish civil unions and the Republican (interim) governor signed the bill.

It's not marriage, but it is some good news for a change.
posted by ontic at 5:06 PM on April 26, 2005

and don't forget Poland Spain!
posted by amberglow at 5:07 PM on April 26, 2005

more lovey dovey fun here!
posted by mcsweetie at 5:11 PM on April 26, 2005

Texas men just...don't.

Yeah, but Bush is from Connecticut.
posted by dirigibleman at 5:13 PM on April 26, 2005

ontic> It's not marriage, but it is some good news for a change.

Good news? That makes me wonder how many of the "separate" thought that "separate but equal" was a good idea at the time and how this whole debacle is going to look 30 years from now.
posted by Codebender at 5:34 PM on April 26, 2005

One can only hope that some Flash author will quickly remix this into a parody of the Kerry-Edwards clip.
posted by rzklkng at 6:14 PM on April 26, 2005

he's really pushing it: President Bush drew laughs from his audience Tuesday when he asked whether the Galveston area still hosts "Splash Day."
The annual beach party that dates to the 1950s does live on _ but now as an unofficial gay and lesbian event. ...

posted by amberglow at 7:06 PM on April 26, 2005

Is there nothing that boy wound do for a little hot-oil?
posted by gesamtkunstwerk at 7:13 PM on April 26, 2005

Drawing another round of laughter, Bush said: "I'm not saying whether I came or not on Splash Day. I'm just saying, 'Do you have Splash Day?'"

Karl better program his boy better. Almost let the cat out of the bag.
posted by AlexReynolds at 7:44 PM on April 26, 2005

Or he's mocking all of us on purpose.
posted by amberglow at 7:54 PM on April 26, 2005

look who we're dealing with here, after all: MR. BENTLEY: We have two children. We have a four-year-old son named Patrick, and a three-month-old daughter named Elaine that I just got to meet for the first time.
MR. BENTLEY: Yes, sir.
THE PRESIDENT: No wonder you’re emotional. (Laughter.) That’s awesome.
MRS. BENTLEY: She was born two days after he deployed.
THE PRESIDENT: Yes, great.

posted by amberglow at 8:07 PM on April 26, 2005

I'd say he was getting "cocky," but that'd just be ... wrong too obvious.
posted by mmahaffie at 8:10 PM on April 26, 2005

Is it wrong for me to wonder if anyone actually writes real-people-slash-fiction about the President? There's slash about everybody else under the sun...

On second thought, wondering if it exists is not wrong. Seeking it out is.
posted by Tesseractive at 9:02 PM on April 26, 2005

Laugh of the day!
posted by buzzman at 9:12 PM on April 26, 2005

What happens in Crawford stays in Crawford!
posted by joedharma at 1:23 AM on April 27, 2005

Meanwhile, here in New Zealand.
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 1:33 AM on April 27, 2005

With only four sleeps to go till their big day on Sunday, Mr Jolliff and Mr Smith admit to a fair amount of excitement. Vows have been written, rings chosen, outfits decided on and a best man selected. "We're even going with the `something new, something borrowed, something blue' – the old part is easy: we're a couple of old buggers tying the knot," Mr Smith said.

Not being the types to mark the day quietly, their ceremony will be presided over by Mayor Kerry Prendergast at the council chambers.

A parade across Civic Square with "a couple of hundred guests" led by a band is open to the public and will be a chance to celebrate "being recognised as equal".

"It's going to be a celebration of diversity, tolerance and what a wonderful city Wellington is to live in."

They will be met at The Boatshed on the waterfront by a kapa haka group who will perform a waiata written especially for the couple. A party will follow where they can "whoop it up" in style.

"I'm very excited. I expect it will be very emotional too and I know I'll cry," Mr Jolliff said yesterday.

The couple plan to honeymoon in "Gay Paris".

posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 1:34 AM on April 27, 2005

I'm tellin' ya, Jaques, that Abdullah, he means nothing to me! Honest!
posted by bashos_frog at 5:01 AM on April 27, 2005

Condoleeza's gonna be pissed.
posted by bashos_frog at 5:06 AM on April 27, 2005

Is Delay playing with the prezzie's zipper?
posted by breezeway at 7:37 AM on April 27, 2005

but Bush ain't going along--at all. Check out his expression.
posted by amberglow at 8:56 AM on April 27, 2005

Amberglow: Freepers use this to prove that liberals are secretly homophobic

"Yeah! Why can't they be openly homophobic like us real Americans?"
posted by jonp72 at 5:00 PM on April 27, 2005

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