Wednesday, February 02, 2005

O Canada!

While we in the U.S. have just passed discriminatory amendments to the constitutions of eleven states and are busy working on more, Canada is working on legalizing gay marriage nationally. I should feel thrilled at this prospect, but it actually makes me quite sad. Yes, the issue is contentious in Canada, but still, they're moving forwards, not backwards like we are. I love my country. I want to be proud of it and always think "USA #1!" It bothers me--a lot--that we're so far behind countries like Canada and New Zealand on an issue of equality and equal rights. We should be leaders, not followers! It grieves me to be ashamed of my country.

The bill itself is so logical, it makes so much sense:

WHEREAS only equal access to marriage for civil purposes would respect the right of couples of the same sex to equality without discrimination, and civil union, as an institution other than marriage, would not offer them that equal access and would violate their human dignity, in breach of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms;...

WHEREAS nothing in this Act affects the guarantee of freedom of conscience and religion and, in particular, the freedom of members of religious groups to hold and declare their religious beliefs and the freedom of officials of religious groups to refuse to perform marriages that are not in accordance with their religious beliefs;...

NOW, THEREFORE, Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:
1. This Act may be cited as the Civil Marriage Act.
2. Marriage, for civil purposes, is the lawful union of two persons to the exclusion of all others.
3. It is recognized that officials of religious groups are free to refuse to perform marriages that are not in accordance with their religious beliefs.
4. For greater certainty, a marriage is not void or voidable by reason only that the spouses are of the same sex.

So simple. So clear-cut. It doesn't take away anyone's right to think gay marriage is immoral. It doesn't force religious institutions to comply. It just gives people equal rights.

What's so hard about that?


At 11:57 AM, Blogger It's-lonely-in-the-middle said...

heh - looks OK to me :)

Not to mention, it would get rid of so many Benefit headaches. lol (Used to be in the HR field... benefits for same sex partners was a nightmare to handle!!!)

Frankly, I say let's adopt this and just move on. I believe in moral values, in respect, in fidelity. I'd rather see a lesbian couple in a loving, solid union than a straight couple fooling around on each other, disrespecting the vows they took in front of God. That's what just gets me. Anywho... Never fear... when the pengelum swings left again, I'm sure the US will adopt a similar resolution, to the anguish of the religious right.

At 5:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Calling something discrimination does not make it so. Practicing homosexuality just makes you a sinner. Codifying it and making your choice of sin protected under the constituion is crazy. Let's make every destructive and sinful way of life protected. Lets call EVERYTHING discrimination. Why not....then we won't discriminate against anyone.

This gay propaganda campaign is over in the US. WE have been tolerant and understanding. We have stayed out of your bedroom, now stay out of the sanctity of traditional marriage.


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