Saturday, March 07, 2009

He should watch The Other Boleyn Girl

Gordon Brown's bizarre rhetorical intervention in California politics --

This Proposition 8, this attempt to undo the good that has been done. This attempt to create divorces among 18,000 people who were perfectly legally brought together in partnerships, this is unacceptable and shows me why we always have to be vigilant, why we have always got to fight homophobic behaviour and any form of discrimination.

Divorces? If Prop 8. is upheld, the legal status of those marriages would be annulment, not divorce. Legally, they'll never have happened. As the distinction plays a crucial role in British (and Irish) history, you'd think he'd be careful about the difference.

UPDATE: Andrew Sullivan explains why Brown's comments are shite even on their own terms.

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