Spain and Canada have pulled the trigger on same-sex marriage. Both votes were expected, but the new Spanish government seems to be making up for lost time in passing stuff designed to tick off the Catholic Church.
Unlike most of the Anglospherian left, the Spanish left has an anti-clerical streak that goes back to the Spanish Civil War of the 30s, where the secular left and Franco's God-and-country conservatives had something of a literal Culture War. After this vote and votes on divorce and abortion, Franco's not only still dead, but doing about 12000 RPMs.
Now that they have power and the country is a bit more secularized, the Spanish government is pushing a secular leftist program to wipe out what's left of the Franco era.
It's not often that a NDP-turned-Liberal politician can do American conservatives a favor, but health minister Ujjal Dosanjh is looking to clamp down on drug exports to the US. He's got the good progressive goal of looking after Canadian health, but he might actually aid American long term health as well, by allowing drug companies those relatively high prices to recover their R&D costs.
I remember this bad Jewish-American joke
"I want to be where my people are!"
"You want to move to Israel?"
"No. I want to move to Palm Beach!"
That came to mind when I saw this piece on the IDF playing hardball with nationalistic Jewish protestors who had holed themselves up at the Palm Beach hotel in Gaza. It's good to see the Sharon government working towards a Gaza bugout.