As you may have noticed, (or not) the UK has just made it legal for same sex couples to enter into legally recognised unions which carry the same legal status as Marriage or common-law partnerships. New Zealand, Canada, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and Spain already have similar laws or in some cases even allow full 'Gay Marriage'. France and Portugal recognise Gay couples but do not yet grant them equal legal status. Even South Africa has passed legislation to open the way for civil unions within a year or so. Now it seems the US is tearing itself appart over this issue. Funnily enough when I searched for civil unions on Google News the first result I got was about Wisconsin's state senate voting to amend the Wisconsin Constitution to ban gay marriage and civil unions. Why do religious types have such a problem people loving each other? Why does the same half of the US that supports the oppression of Arabs have more in common with backward dictatorships they claim to oppose than the rest of the civilised world? What is happening to America?