The SCA Board of Directors has come up with a proposal for addressing the issue of same-gender consorts in Crown lists.
The proposal would change this:
Each competitor in a Royal Lists must be fighting for a consort of the opposite gender.
"Each competitor in a Royal Lists must be fighting for a consort of the opposite gender. Crowns may permit entry into the Royal Lists by same-gender couples."
My yardstick for evaluation is" "Does this give those of us who support 'Inspirational Equality' what we want?"
My answer is: "No."
It certainly delays equality and honestly doesn't make sense.
As far as I know every set of royals has the ability to control its own lists already and can exclude as they well. (Correct me if I am wrong, but that's my understanding. I know it is the case in the East.).
What sense does it make to have a law then say, "But exceptions can be made?"
To me, much of the point of this is having the SCA say it is not prejudiced against people who are partners with people of the same sex.
This does not do it.
I see it as a cop-out, a way to shift responsibility.
I am going to find it very, very hard to support anything other than striking the words, "of the opposite gender."
Remove The Four Words!