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Mexico City allows gay marriage, the Web reacts

In this edition: Mexico City legalises gay marriage. Reactions online to a first in Latin America. The web mobilizes for the Gaza Freedom March due to take place on December 31st and a Venezuelan site is listing the crimes and offenses committed in the country.

 

GAY MARRIAGE
 
Gay Marriage legal in Mexico City ! It’s a first in Latin America. The capital’s Local Assembly passed the bill legalizing same sex marriage, which will notably open the doors for the right to adopt.
 
Reactions were quick to appear online. The Mexican newspaper “Reforma” put this video online where we see activists in favour of the bill cheering. 1
 
 
 
This blogger states that same sex civil partnerships were already legal in the capital. But the legalization of marriage and the possibility of adoption represent a huge step, and in his eyes make Mexico City one of the most respectful cities regarding human rights.
 
 
This Mexican journalist agrees. He campaigned for the adoption of the bill in this video broadcasted online.
 
“It’s not a question of morals, but of human rights. When we talk about human rights, we are talking about the right for gays, lesbians, transsexuals and bisexuals to have the same rights as heterosexuals”
 
 
 
Many web users, like this one, have broadcasted messages of support for the initiative, carried by the left, who are in majority in Mexico’s capital, but in minority on a national level.
 
 
Support for the gay community was equally significant during the Gay pride last June.
“I love my son and all the gay community”
 
  
GAZA FREEDOM MARCH
 
Thousands of volunteers are expected in Gaza, in Palestine for the New Year, to take part in a march, campaigning against the Israeli blockade. The “Gaza Freedom March” aims to break the siege of Gaza and demonstrate solid solidarity with the Palestinians. Mobilisation has already begun on the net.
 
 
 
 
Among the initiatives, one of the most impressive is that of Hedy Epstein. This woman who escaped Nazi barbarism, has publicly invited Nobel Peace prize winner Elie Wiesel, who survived the Nazi concentration camps, to join the movement. The appeal was launched during one of Wiesel’s conferences and then put online on Youtube.
 
This Israeli blogger and human rights campaigner applauds Hedy Epstein’s initiative and wants to use it as inspiration.
 
The International Coalition to End the Illegal Siege of Gaza, who is organising the March, is appealing on its website for net users to sign up. It is broadcasting this film showing the consequences of the war which took place a year ago in Gaza.
 
Finally, the organization is calling for activists the world over, who cannot go to Gaza, to organize demonstrations, in their own countries, from the 27th to the 31st of December. A map is listing the events already planned around the world.
 
 
QUIEROPAZ.ORG
 The site QuieroPaz « I want Peace » has one objective : to campaign against the endemic violence which reigns in Venezuela. In fact, the capital, Caracas, is the world’s second most dangerous town and the Venezuelan government is no longer communicating crime figures. The site lists, on a map, all the crimes and offenses which have taken place in the country. Venezuelans are also invited to send in their complaints to the website.
CATS AND KEYBOARDS
An artist from New York has pieced together 170 videos of cats found on the net. His aim : to succeed in recreating Schonberg’s “Three Piano Pieces”. The work is among the first pieces of ‘Atonal’ music, a way or writing which questions traditional composing habits.
 
 
Father Christmas is a baddy. But do not fear, Jack Bauer is here. As Christmas approaches, this parody of a scene from the series “24”, where the hero interrogates Father Christmas, is going round the web.

 

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