This month, while Argentina legalized same-sex marriage, and the British government indicated it was on the way, the state government of Hawaii turned back and embraced the 12th century.
While not quite full marriage equality, the state took a step forward when Hawaiian lawmakers approved a civil unions bill. And then their governor vetoed it.
Now don't get me wrong, I love Hawaii, we were there for the first time last year and thought it was amazingly beautiful, and the people were warm and wonderful. And yet... their governor is an idiot.
Now, I am not saying their governor Linda Lingle is an idiot just because she is against same-sex marriage or civil unions. That makes her conservative and in my opinion ignorant. And potentially a bigot, though not necessarily. With the benefit of the doubt, ignorant.
So what makes her an idiot?
Ms Lingle is an idiot --- and, oh yeah, a homophobe and a bigot because of this: while the governor insisted she had treated opponents with "respect and dignity", she then likened gay marriage to an incestuous relationship:
"We don't allow other people to marry even - it's not a civil right for them. First cousins couldn't marry, or a brother and sister and that sort of thing."
Gay marriage is like incest? Really? You are an idiot. You are a homophobe. You are Mel Gibson...