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(News.com.au)   The Queen supports The Queens   (news.com.au) divider line 38
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2013-03-10 07:56:14 AM  
Headline needs a bit of work.

Its kinda funny

Maybe something like "The Queen hereby dubs thee 'Queen'"
 
2013-03-10 09:08:04 AM  
In before the American anti-monarchy posts.
 
2013-03-10 09:09:48 AM  
I thought Freddie Mercury was dead?
 
2013-03-10 09:15:39 AM  
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2013-03-10 09:25:25 AM  

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"."
 
2013-03-10 09:39:35 AM  
So gays have caught up with horse-f*ckers in Britain.  Congratulations, Brits!
 
2013-03-10 09:40:46 AM  
I thought this was going to be a story about New York City's easternmost borough.

/Leaving disappointed.
 
2013-03-10 09:41:06 AM  

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.

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2013-03-10 09:51:39 AM  
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2013-03-10 10:00:12 AM  
Prince Philip unavailable for comment.
 
2013-03-10 10:17:02 AM  
mekki:
Nah. America actually likes the British monarchy.

Yeah, you're having a good time, we're not going to stop you now.
 
2013-03-10 10:23:25 AM  
25.media.tumblr.com
Welcome to the United...Queendom?
 
2013-03-10 10:50:43 AM  
Cardinal Spellman's nickname was Stella,
 
2013-03-10 11:06:29 AM  
Pssh. Canada was gay before being gay received royal assent.
 
2013-03-10 11:06:31 AM  
Gay people are the Queen's biggest supporters, so yeah, this is what she should do.
 
2013-03-10 11:18:01 AM  
The Queen is more progressive than the United States. Let that sink in.
 
2013-03-10 11:20:17 AM  
Good. Now posthumously pardon Alan Turing.
 
2013-03-10 11:33:37 AM  

ModernLuddite: Pssh. Canada was gay before being gay received royal assent.


Being gay received Royal Assent in 1967 in the UK - same year for abortion.
 
2013-03-10 11:33:48 AM  

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.
 
2013-03-10 11:35:17 AM  
ModernLuddite: Pssh. Canada was gay before being gay received royal assent.

gis for Canadian Hipster Drag Queens

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/sashaying away
 
2013-03-10 11:38:49 AM  
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2013-03-10 11:47:12 AM  

TheSopwithTurtle: [25.media.tumblr.com image 500x278]
Welcome to the United...Queendom?


You can't say that! They can't say that!
 
2013-03-10 11:50:57 AM  

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

thesocietypages.org
 
2013-03-10 12:11:00 PM  

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]

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You're missing the point.  This is important because the Charter has been agreed by all 54 government leaders within the Commonwealth.  To put that in context: forty one of those countries still have laws repressing the LGBT community.  This is much more important than marriage equality - it's about the basic right to be gay in countries which persecute gay people.  Like the UDHR, it's not enforceable and is mostly symbolic, but it is one tiny step toward changing attitudes in these places.
 
2013-03-10 12:29:42 PM  
Aaaaand she's the titular head of the Church of England.  She is still called "Defender of the Faith".
 
2013-03-10 12:33:21 PM  
Thank you for your support!

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2013-03-10 12:41:25 PM  

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"."


Ah, well, we did allow openly gay soldiers to serve in the military before you. Way, way back in, um, 2000.
 
2013-03-10 12:47:16 PM  
good thing is good. I can't find anything snarky to say about this.
 
2013-03-10 01:22:11 PM  
Next they'll be knighting Elton John or something gay like that.
 
2013-03-10 02:04:06 PM  

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.
 
2013-03-10 02:33:46 PM  

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.


The Queen is the constitutional monarch of these countries & has to abide by the decisions of the democratically elected governments - she cannot [refusal of Royal Assent is overriding the "will of the people"] "intervene" in political or legal issues.  Additionally many of these countries are likely to sever ties with the monarchy when her reign ends.  Might it not be better to use her influence [perhaps behind the scenes] to persuade those government to sign a Charter and make progress that way?  The UN could also take a stand against these countries which are in violation of the UDHR - that would be a much more nuclear option - and they have the authority to impose sanctions and the like, not make empty gestures like abdication of figurative power.
 
2013-03-10 06:25:05 PM  
I think the bigger question is does she support prince-horse love?
 
2013-03-10 07:41:33 PM  

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?
 
2013-03-10 08:13:40 PM  

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?


And, for that matter, Oscar Wilde.
 
2013-03-10 08:15:50 PM  

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?


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.
 
2013-03-10 08:17:28 PM  

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.
 
2013-03-10 09:29:11 PM  

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.


No she's not allowed to express her personal opinion in public that way; and the outcry from republicans in the UK would be huge if she did for meddling in the affairs of state.  Still she's old and straight so she must be anti-gay rights.  The really odd one is why Ted Heath [amongst others] never introduced a private members' bill to have Turing pardoned & all Gordon Brown did was issue an apology when he was PM.  It would be much easier for an MP or government minister to get the necessary impetus going in the corridors of Whitehall but none of them can be bothered.
 
2013-03-11 04:54:49 AM  

TheSopwithTurtle: [25.media.tumblr.com image 500x278]
Welcome to the United...Queendom?


GAY! A Gay Musical?
Why not just GAY! A Musical?
How about GAY! A Gay Musical About Gay Dudes Who Are, Did We Mention, Gay?

/Actually, even just GAY! A Musical is kind of redundant.
 
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