Monday, August 3, 2015


This story is interesting at many levels.  Think about it, Vietnam a country we fought and lost to and sought to liberate, not through court proceedings but through a law, made marriage equality a reality 6 months before the U.S. Supreme Court had to step in and tell state governments marriage equality is a fundamental right.

The Christian Taliban in this country may be our greatest enemy.  It is just not about protecting our liberties against the Christian Taliban, it is about defending our country.

Over 20 years ago Boeing and Microsoft in Seattle pushed for anti-discrimination laws to protect gays because they recognized something lost on Texas Republicans and Republicans as a class in the U.S. - you make money by hiring the best to do the job  This is the purpose of capitalism.  It is not that gays are the best, but Seattle created a save haven which meant gays moving to Seattle thereby increasing the number of the best engineers in the U.S. available for hire by Boeing and Microsoft..  These companies not only saw the justice side of the issue, but they saw the profit side of the issue.  Both are lost on the Republicans.

And now while we continue to debate the issue of Marriage Equality, countries like Vietnam are moving forward to insure if the best is a gay person they get hired and are respected because moving forward is Vietnam's goal, not spending precious time peering into people's bedrooms.

Click for Vietnams law on Marriage Equality - you can marry - but the government will not provide benefits.  This is a start

"Since their December arrival in Vietnam, U.S. Ambassador Ted Osius [pictured above] and his husband have become the most prominent gay couple in the Southeast Asian country.
Osius and Clayton Bond landed with their toddler son shortly before the government abolished its ban on same-sex marriage. Now the couple, who recently adopted an infant girl, find themselves ambassadors of the nascent LGBT rights movement spreading across the country.

“A lot of young people have reached out to me on Facebook, to say: ‘We are happy to see somebody who is gay and is happy in his personal life but also has had professional success’,” Osius said in an interview. “I don’t think of it as advocating as much as supporting Vietnamese civil society in doing what it is already doing.”

Click for Bloomberg Article

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