An Act Representing Certain Aspects of Legal Capacity for Marriage for Civil Purposes has passed
A historic day. Canada has become only the third country in the world to legally recognize Same Sex Marriage. This is a day in which Canadians, all Canadians, should be proud. We bravely and painfully fought for the extension of equality to all our citizens. We did it through (mostly) respectful democratic debate. Some people should great courage and principles in both directions, and I salute all of them (though I have questioned some of their tactics).
From here what happens?
Well, unless you are gay and want to get married, nothing. Its done. After passing the Senate and achieving Royal Accent, life will continue in Canada as it always has. In 6 months, we will wonder what the big deal was.
I have never felt more proud to be a Canadian. Once again we have shown the world we believe in freedom, equality and human rights.
And for those who are religious and worried, please read this from Pastor Kevin Powell and don't worry, religious marriage is the same today as it always has been. Religious marriage will not change until you want it to, as it has in the United Church of Canada.
And congrats to Rick Barnes and all those who fought for this moment.