#1173 Social Climber

May 11th, 2015, 7:53 am

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Reply NtKGar, May 11th, 2015, 11:14 am

They fly over the lake in strip #1150.





So there's a referendum coming up in a few weeks here in Ireland over whether or not people of the same sex should be allowed to marry. This doesn't necessarily affect anyone outside of Ireland (and most of our readers are international), but it's important.

The arguments against Same Sex Marriage have always seemed absurd to me. If two adults want to enter into a contract willingly, then the law has no business caring who those two adults are. Marriage is a fairly closed legal arrangement, there's absolutely nothing at stake for anyone except the two people getting married. There's no reason for anyone else to care.

I care, though. My brother's been with his partner for nearly fifteen years now, and they throw awesome parties. My aunts have been together for longer than I've been alive, and, well..."aunts". I don't need the law to tell me these people are my family, and it's not right that the law as it stands denies this point of fact. I have a reason to care, and I'm voting Yes. Anyone who's voting No either has no reason to care, or has a reason to care and is an awful, awful person. Everyone's got at least one gay relative. Statistically, given Ireland's size and population, everyone's got quite a few gay relatives, but I'm talking proper family here. People you grew up with and love without thinking about it. If the Yes vote doesn't go through, they're robbed of their inheritance in the event of their partner's death. A No vote isn't just an insult, it's an injury.

Naturally, the No campaign is almost exclusively 'Think Of The Children' based, which is both a cliché AND a paper tiger. Gay couples can already legally adopt over here, surrogacy is an entirely separate issue, and even if either was pertinent to the Same Sex Marriage debate they still don't affect anyone aside from the individuals entering into the contract. Hypothetical future families remain safe, existing families will continue to exist because reality's like that, and the concepts of 'mother' and 'father' will endure. The kids are all right. A bunch of them will get some new people to call aunt or uncle. The really lucky ones might get someone they can call Mum or Dad (who would probably still be there otherwise, but on a first-name basis), or even extra grandparents! And then life goes on because, as has already been stated, reality's like that.

Also, if there was a right way of raising children then why aren't there more Perfect people around? And why are they all such insufferable pricks?

There was quite a good bit last week where the No lobby had to take down a bunch of posters because the family in the photo they used came out as pro-equality and didn't want to be associated with the No campaign.

Odds are good I'm preaching to the choir here. The comic's got gay characters in a stable relationship and all the best jokes are about philosophy, so you'd expect the readers to be fairly liberal. Still, preaching to the choir's OK when you're doing it to raise the chorus. Just because the Yes vote is extremely obviously the "good" one of two options doesn't mean it's automatically going to win. Spiteful idiots who hate without reason have never been a weak force in history, somehow.

So for our Irish readers, polling day is May 22nd. Turn out and Vote Yes. You've all got someone it means a lot to.

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Reply vlad (Guest), May 11th, 2015, 4:43 pm

You live in Ireland?.... does just Ireland automatically imply southern Ireland or are they both just Ireland in vernacular?

ps. bummy in the bush

Reply Agentzap (Guest), May 11th, 2015, 6:14 pm

@vlad I'm pretty sure Ireland defaults to not-Northern-Ireland, but don't kill me if I'm wrong

Reply CrayZeBouy, May 11th, 2015, 7:50 pm

"But then you'll get stuck!" "Yeah. And?"

I'm choosing to believe that's a rat Murphy is eating and not a worm.

Vote Incentive may explain this: http://nekothekitty.smackjeeves.com/comics/1901233/rainbow-connection/

I completely agree with you, Gar. Trying to ban same-sex marriage is just stu...*GASP* THE ROCKS HAVE EYES!!

Reply NtKGar, May 12th, 2015, 2:32 am

@Vlad: Yes, I live in Ireland. Americans tend to say"Ireland" meaning the whole island, but in this case,"Ireland" refers to the Republic of Ireland. Northern Ireland is, politically, a different country and is named "Northern Ireland" (or Norn'Arn if you want to do a thick Northern Irish accent and/or pretend like it's a fantasy kingdom).

Reply Saskyou, May 13th, 2015, 3:51 pm

I am just amazed by all the people who care, really. If no one cared one way or the other we wouldn't have this problem.
But at least I understand the Yes group being a reaction to the other.
Oh well, there's no real solution, people will still feel a need to antagonize one another no matter the outcome. Everyone will be in the No group at least once in their lives.

Reply NtKGar, May 14th, 2015, 5:57 am

Well, not this particular No group, but I see your point. People have independent social conscience and consciousness and disagreement is part of the human condition. It's entirely possible for two people's methods of reasoning to be entirely incompatible, and even if that weren't the case it's absolutely impossible to argue with peoples' guts.

That said, I remember being a Nintendo fan in school at the time of the first great Console War. At the time (let's say around age 8-13) I held a genuine contempt for anyone who even WANTED a Sega. In retrospect, having such strong feelings about it that it degenerated into shouting matches and a couple of actual fist fights is utterly ridiculous. Also, Nintendo won.

A couple of console generations later and it barely matters. Sega don't make consoles any more and Nintendo trails behind Sony and Microsoft in the home console market. Also since I discovered you can play most PC games from the last six or seven years with an Xbox 360 controller I've lost all interest in the PS4 and Xbox One.

So I'm part of the PC Master Race now, which Dad-jokes us nicely back to views on homosexuality. Everyone's just playing games. Just because you enjoy the mouse-and-keyboard combo for its fine aim control and quick access to menu commands via hotkeys doesn't really justify a visceral disgust of anyone who would prefer the more relaxed seating position and ease-of-use offered by a gamepad. You don't get to dictate peoples' tastes.

Homophobia is just nerd rage with delusions of morality.

Anyway, the Marriage Equality referendum is more like Xbox Gold. Say Microsoft decides it wants to eliminate its tiered membership system - No more Xbox Gold and Silver, everyone gets access to all the sales and special offers and multiplayer stuff, and nobody has to pay a subscription fee. Gold members keep all their Microsoft Points and badges and whatnot, but everyone gets upgraded to Gold. It's a proven business model (Works for Steam and iTunes and the like), but it requires a change in the User Agreement.

So Microsoft puts it to the vote - Vote Yes to upgrade everyone to Gold membership, vote No to keep things the way they are. Now just because the Silver members have plenty to gain and the Gold members have nothing to lose doesn't mean the Yes vote is going to carry. In fact if I were a betting man, and this scenario wasn't entirely hypothetical, I'd probably put my money on No, because Xbox gamers have quite an ugly reputation.

And even though I don't even own an Xbox any more, I'd still be quite upset to win that bet.

Is Ireland kinder and more sensible than the Xbox Live community? I certainly hope so. I think so. I'm pretty sure of it, in fact. I'm voting Yes on the 22nd to say so.

Reply Three people (Guest), May 14th, 2015, 11:03 pm

uh derp? Hi i know this is weird, But my best friends Kate Grace and i all have question's (Kate) What did neko's mom and dad look like? and would neko be afraid of his mom >:)( Grace ) did neko get his personality from his mom ( that would be awesome ) or his dad? ( ME ) what would neko look like if him and Alice switched hair color's? his whole body like that light neon blue and his stripe black then alice her hair white then the outline ginger..... THANK YOU!

Reply VictorB, May 14th, 2015, 11:58 pm

FLAil Gar Gar Gar! In panel 3, Aya's foot jumps to her front! She should be missing one front foot, but I see two there

Reply NtKGar, May 15th, 2015, 4:52 am

That's her back-right leg.

Reply Lilithmae (Guest), May 15th, 2015, 11:43 am

I find this fight against equality to be ridiculous, and I don't even believe in marriage. I mean, on what planet is it okay to deny people what should be a basic right just because you don't like it? It's horribly immature and selfish.

Reply NtKGar, May 16th, 2015, 3:20 am

Privilege is preserved by denying it to others. The word means "private law"-being unfair is kind of the point.

Reply therapod (Guest), December 22nd, 2015, 2:37 pm

Anyone else notice in the fifth panel Keno is still speaking in haikus?

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