Same-sex marriage? Yawn, says Canada
Same-sex marriage has been legal in Canada for almost a decade, and political opposition to same-sex marriage is now relegated to the fringes of Canadian politics. So what’s wrong with America, wonders one commentator from Canada’s The Globe and Mail. One by one, Konrad Yakabuski takes down prominent Democrats, who’ve come to support same-sex marriage for their own political convenience, he argues, and predicts that this particular culture war will be alive and well long after the U.S. legalizes same-sex marriage, one way or another.
Pope Francis sets a new bar for Catholics in U.S.
Writing for The Buenos Aires Herald, José Manuel Pallí comments on the sea change for Catholics in American politics. From Protestants skeptical of John F. Kennedy to Secretary of Agriculture Earl Butz resigning after mocking Pope Paul VI to the American media’s obsession with the inauguration of Pope Francis — Catholics have come a long way in the American psyche. Pallí is a Cuban-born lawyer living in Florida. The only thing that could have been more controversial among his community in Florida—and the rest of the U.S.? A Cuban pope.
Fracking gas on its way to UK
A UK energy company has agreed to a 20-year deal to export shale gas from the U.S., where a growth in production has led to oversupply. British Gas will purchase 89 billion cubic feet of gas per year from Cheniere Energy’s gas liquefaction plant in Louisiana, according to The Financial Times. That’s enough to power 1.8 million British homes. Cheniere already sells gas to companies in France, Korea, Spain and India.