Thursday, February 17, 2005

Drinking Game

Paul Wells speculated about Paul Martin's speech on Same Sex Marriage here. The gist of Wells' question:

The question at hand isn't "How do you like that Charter, eh?" It's: "Is it right and proper that Parliament endorse equal marriage rights for gays and lesbians?" The elementary test for a prime minister who believe the answer is "Yes" is that he say the words.

Well, I read through Martin's speech. Here's a fun drinking game: Every time Martin explicitly says that it's the right thing for gays and lesbians to marry, take a drink. The fun thing about this game is that you can still drive home afterwards and operate heavy machinery.

Now, the more dangerous game would be the one where you take a shot every time Martin mentions "minority rights" or the "charter". I'd make sure you're drinking some watered down American beer for this one because I counted 29 references to these two topics. 29.


  • While Martin is playing up his usual "Defence of the Charter" line, there is one aspect of this speech that I think he deserves credit for. He actually uses the term "gay" six times, and "lesbian" four times. In the past, it was always "same-sex", and the other two words always seemed to be absent from his vocabulary. A small step, to be sure, but an important one.

    By Blogger Matt, at 7:38 a.m.  

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