“…There are varieties of discourse between the different peoples of this planet that occur on a plane above the conventional understanding of diplomatic push-and-pull, especially where acts of war are concerned. These varieties of discourse are not recognized by the current dominant American mentality, which is of the therapeutic type, based on the idea that the behavior of individuals and groups can be modified and even improved if they feel better (especially about themselves). I blame my own generation, the Boomers, for establishing this wishful ethos as the basis for all the policy of our time, foreign, domestic, municipal, classroom, household…. The Millennials, when they out-grow their adolescent angst, will not be so foolish, I guarantee you. And my fellow Boomers will feel it personally as the Millennials cut the funding for their bedpan service.”—Clusterfuck Nation
On September 24th, a constitutional reform that would ban same-sex marriage and adoption was defeated after the FMLN party fraction refused to support the ban. Despite the reform’s approval by the previous legislature, the same-sex marriage ban fell short of the 56 votes necessary from the current legislature, as all constitutional reforms must be ratified by a two-thirds majority vote in two subsequent legislatures. The lead up to last week’s plenary involved a massive lobbying campaign by the Catholic Church, evangelicals, and right-wing groups. Two weeks before the vote, El Salvador’s Catholic Archbishop Monsignor José Luis Escobar proposed that the right-wing refuse to approve the 2010 National Budget if the FMLN did not support the reform.
The plenary debate was dominated by 40 minutes of arguments from the ARENA party, claiming the FMLN does not advocate for the Salvadoran family. In response, FMLN legislative deputy and member of the party’s National Women’s Secretariat Margarita Velado declared, “We have a clear ideology in favor of the family,” citing the distribution of school uniforms, construction of the new Maternity Hospital, and other projects that the FMLN government headed by President Funes has begun. She added that if the Assembly really wanted to look at defending the family, “they should look towards other problems, like the fact that…9.4% of [female] adolescents have been raped by close relatives and 34.8% of households are the responsibility of one person.”