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November 04, 2004

Anything but Bush

Well whether we like it or not Bush is here to stay for another 4 years. Now usually I don't really take very much interest in politics at all (I know I really should) but for some reason, over the past few days, I got quite into following the US presidential campaign.

I'd decided I wanted Kerry to win, not because I know anything about his campaign issues or his history but purely because I didn't want Bush to win. This isn't really because of the war with Iraq, to be perfectly honest that doesn't really interest me too much except for how tangled up our own government is in it. My main problem with Bush is not his foreign policy, which are what most people on our side of the water are probably worried about, but his domestic campaign issues.

It appears to be these issues that won him the election, he's apparently very popular with the evangelical christians which are more common then I thought over there. These people would have gotten his vote because he's campainging on issues like banning abortion; this is something I'm a bit split upon, I can see pros and cons. Another issue he's claiming he'll campaign against is same-sex marriage; this being something I care much more about.

You may think that I shouldn't really care that much as it's not going to affect me as I'm not living over in the wonderful US of A but if he were to get his way and ban same-sex marriage then the implications around the globe could be great. America, as we all know, is a powerful nation! How can we expect the world to become more open-minded about homosexuality when the greatest nations government is agaisnt it? Are the countries where homosexual relations are still illegal ever going to relax their laws if the great nation portrays it to be a terrible thing?

The only saving grace is that the UK government isn't as closed minded and there are already plans, although maybe a little flawed, to introduce civil partnerships for same-sex couples and other such measures but we should still spare a thought for those living in countries which aren't so liberal.

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