June 07, 2005

Bless those Swiss

Referendums occasionally do the decent thing and their outcomes don't always cater for the basest in human nature. Slavery and the death penalty would never have been abolished by plebiscites: it took the Enlightenment and the occasional civil war to do that, and is an ongoing process not yet completed in some countries.
But now the Swiss, after being the last in Europe to grant women full political rights due to male referendum voters, have said yes to abolishing some social and fiscal discrimination against same sex couples. Another blow to reactionary Europe, and I do hope it covers the Swiss Guards in the Vatican.

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