topcon: In before the American anti-monarchy posts.
Not sole reason why Her Majesty Lilibet still reigns. She'll become longest reigning there on Sept 10, 2015 when Queen Victoria will become second longest reigning. (Wikipedia via GoodSearch)Photo, Herself in Knights of Garter procession, back of dust jacket, Country Life Book of the Royal Silver Jubilee bought at W Berlin NAAFI in 1978 before we left that city, last remaining occupied left over from WW2.
ModernLuddite: Pssh. Canada was gay before being gay received royal assent.
Malcolm_Sex: The Queen is more progressive than the United States. Let that sink in.
TheSopwithTurtle: [25.media.tumblr.com image 500x278]Welcome to the United...Queendom?
Notabunny: Malcolm_Sex: The Queen is more progressive than the United States. Let that sink in.Not our people, just our government. And not only is she more progressive, she's more active.
StreetlightInTheGhetto: Notabunny: Malcolm_Sex: The Queen is more progressive than the United States. Let that sink in.Not our people, just our government. And not only is she more progressive, she's more active.I wouldn't argue our government, but a ever decreasing* contingent of homophobic douchebags instead.In any case, Pope John Paul II was pro teaching evolution and against the Iraq War, so yes, we're well aware that old folks on the international scale can be more progressive than our country as a whole these days.* [www.people-press.org image 410x395][thesocietypages.org image 850x825]
mekki: topcon: In before the American anti-monarchy posts.Nah. America actually likes the British monarchy. We think they are adorable, especially, since we don't have to pay for them.Instead I think this thread will have posts of, "Oh, the Brits are always going on and on how they are so more socially, morally superior and open minded than the Americans and NOW they are doing the gay rights thing? They should have done it long ago if they are so above us, "yanks"."
Nem Wan: Malcolm_Sex: The Queen is more progressive than the United States. Let that sink in.The Queen is the monarch of several Commonwealth realms that still impose prison terms for homosexual acts, such as Jamaica. In these countries, homosexuals can be prosecuted and imprisoned in her name. She is a completely separate legal entity in each country she rules, the personification of each sovereign state, according to each country's laws. She may be constitutionally removed from politics but in theory she could take a stand on an issue by using her reserve powers to intervene in a political or legal matter, causing a constitutional crisis that could be resolved with her or without her. She also has the power to abdicate in any of these countries without affecting her status in others.Of course she will do no such thing, but even as a supposedly powerless figurehead she has a few "nuclear options" that would leave a big smoking crater, symbolically.
RexTalionis: Good. Now posthumously pardon Alan Turing.
SpiderQueenDemon: RexTalionis: Good. Now posthumously pardon Alan Turing.This.Also, the Queen is a little old lady surrounded by Corgi dogs who, if you asked really nicely, might tell you amusing stories about the past eleventy Prime Ministers and what it was like to drive and fix ambulances during The War before giving some sensible advice on hats and parliamentary etiquette. What's not to like?
ACunningPlan: She can't. It's the Secretary of State for Justice who makes the decision to invoke the Royal prerogative of mercy. POTUS has the authority to grant pardons on personal choice; the sovereign in the U.K. does not.
RexTalionis: ACunningPlan: She can't. It's the Secretary of State for Justice who makes the decision to invoke the Royal prerogative of mercy. POTUS has the authority to grant pardons on personal choice; the sovereign in the U.K. does not.Yes, I know she doesn't have the precise power, but I would think that, despite her figurehead status, if she makes a public push for it, she would still have a bit of influence at Whitehall.
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