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Why Canada Will Change the World

July 21st, 2005

Yesterday, same-sex marriage became law for all of Canada. Two men in Edmonton were the first in conservative Alberta to apply for a marriage license. Despite the Alberta Premier’s posturing and complaining, equal marriage is now the law.

The equal rights impact is huge, and at the same time, will likely be forgotten. After all, some two years after Ontario and British Columbia became the first two provinces to change their marriage acts, has the world ended? Have we, as a society, turned into bestiality-loving-bigamists?

Of course not. Instead, the majority of Canadians have grown sick of the continued debate and have said clearly that this issue is one to be moved on from.

I think the real impact comes in the way the change was handled. How many MP’s basically said although their idea of morality didn’t support homosexuality, they were committed to supporting same-sex marriage because Canada’s laws protected and promoted rights for all? Even Paul Martin, as a Catholic, has expressed personal concerns at the same time as he fought so very hard to get this legislation to pass.

Coming from the United States, where politicians often seem to vote strictly on party lines with little reflection back to the core set of laws and values the country was built upon, Canada’s dedication to interpreting the laws of the land impresses me. I think this is an important lesson as Justice Roberts prepares to join the Supreme Court. Of course, as a liberal, Shrub’s ability to change the make-up of the court terrifies me. But I can hope that as others have done before him, Roberts will instead look to interpretation of the law instead of simple partisianship.

Canada’s recent steps ahead of nearly the rest of the world in terms of gay rights will hopefully set some sort of concrete example. Five years from now, with any luck, we will all look back and see this time of anti-gay-marriage laws and constitutional amendments as a quaint but dark time in our collective history.

Does it matter to you who I marry? Let’s say I fall in love with a man. Why would the world have an easier time understanding and celebrating that relationship? If I am lucky enough to find an adult to commit my life to, why shouldn’t we be able to put some legal protections on that relationship should we choose to?

After all, I don’t ask everyone to throw a parade to celebrate my life, “alternative” or otherwise. I simply ask to be offered the same rights as everyone. To live safely, to love deeply, and to be respected and valued by my chosen country. And, I believe Canada will continue to grant these three requests, just as she has welcomed me with open arms.

And for anyone who is ashamed of Canada, feel free to move to the United States. I’m sure GW Bush will welcome you with open arms.

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