My wife's response was to quip, "Oh, good, now a paper napkin will have more rights than I do.", after which she reminded me that Canada Day is July 1.
I, instead, could not help but wonder why too many of us 'Murkins value, as Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) put it, "the symbol more than the freedoms that the flag represents." Commenting on an oped by Anne Applebaum in today's Washington Post, a friend of one of my Truscott cousins reminded us that our great-some-odd-grandfather, Mr. Jefferson, was right when he conditioned his anti-Hamiltonian support of raw democratic rule by the people by saying, "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be."
If you're wondering why someone as dedicatedly single-minded about fighting for queers' rights, particularly equal access to civil marriage, as I am would think this worth the bandwidth or my time to write about it, please consider that it is the same ignorance that inspires confusion between civil and religious marriage and the role of government versus church or other nongovernmental organizations in protecting anyone's ideas -- however on or off the mark those might be -- of the sanctity of either flags or marriages.
In other words, the older I get, the more I realize that all the stuff that matters is one big game of Six Degrees of Separation, Kevin Bacon notwithstanding.