Tuesday, June 28, 2005

An Act Representing Certain Aspects of Legal Capacity for Marriage for Civil Purposes has passed

Yeas 158
Nays 133

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.

21 Comments:

At 9:31 PM, Anonymous Scott in Montreal said...

In 6 months, we will wonder what the big deal was.

I couldn't agree more. Sort of like how there is no great hew and cry to bring back the death penalty, and nary a peep has been heard about this once super-charged issue that got resolved with a free vote in the House.

 
At 10:10 PM, Blogger Gretchen Ross said...

A historic moment in Canadian history for sure. We're setting an example right now to the world, and particularly to the American right who should be ashamed.

 
At 10:21 PM, Blogger Rick Barnes said...

Thank you Mike. Today was an emotional day. Stephanie and I raised a glass to her Dad.

I am a small pin in the wheel, I feel so proud to be Canadian, just as i did when we said no to George Bush and his war.

Being a canadian today reaffirms my feelings for our nation and its people.

Thank you again for your words. tears come too easy, historic seems so small a word to measure the feelings.

 
At 10:36 PM, Blogger Mike said...

Anytime Rick, anytime.

 
At 12:03 AM, Blogger wonderdog said...

Two years after Ontario's courts paved the way for this decision, we're already wondering what the big deal was.

Two years from now, nobody will care, with the exception of a small and embittered minority. Those people, unfortunately, will never go away.

 
At 12:49 AM, Blogger daveberta said...

skippy: unfortately, they're all over here in Alberta :P

 
At 7:13 PM, Blogger Kevin said...

Indeed. A cause for celebration. The heavy hand of government has stopped interfering with peoples' lives ;)

 
At 8:15 PM, Blogger v said...

I appreciate the good sportsmanship you've shown in this article Mike so I'll try to keep it civilized.

We - the seventeen million-plus Canadians who many gay marriage advocates unapologetically regard as "bigoted" and "stupid" - are in a more reflective mood today.

We may have lost The Battle, but The Gay Marriage Debate has exposed The Left for who they really are - see my blog for my real feelings on this matter - and I think we're that much closer to winning The War.

I do not cede a nanometer of The Middle to the gay rights extremists who think that gay marriage is Canada's Biggest Issue Ever and that anyone who opposes it - or rather, anyone who supports marriage as is and recognizes the reality that Canadians are somewhat bad at families these days - is automagically bigoted and stupid. I'm the middle. The majority of Canadians and parliamentarians (this was NOT a free vote) who support marriage are the middle, it's the gay rights extremists and the brainwashed who are on the fringe.

One more thought in the spirit of Canada Day: The Canada I believe in isn't a community of victims. Never has our society been so fragmented.

 
At 8:42 PM, Blogger Mike said...

Why Kevin, a Pastor AND a libertarian? You are a complex man...

:)

 
At 11:17 PM, Blogger Politicagrll said...

17 million against same sex marriage? Where did you pick that number from, and for that matter what age group?

That's about 2/3 of Canadians. I don't think i ever came across a poll that was that high against same sex marriage with the exception of folks over 50, and they aren't 2/3 of Canadians.

Also polls don't count under 18's and overall younger Canadians have strongly supported same-sex marriages in the polls.

Like others i'm proud of this day. And like others i'd point out that you could get a same sex marriage in Ontario for quite a while now and the sky hasn't fallen yet.

 
At 12:24 AM, Blogger DazzlinDino said...

This just in, a justice of the peace in Red Deer Alberta asked if he could abstain from performing gay marriages for religious reasons, and was denied....welcome to the Church of the Liberal party of Canada. Now all they have to do is pass the collection plate and it's all legal.....

 
At 7:50 AM, Blogger Mike said...

DazzlinDino,

Take it up with Ralph Klein, that's provincial jusrisdiction. Even under King Ralph's current musings - that the province get out of marriages and only do civil unions - this guy would still have to perform same sex civil unions.

Do Catholic judges refuse to do divorce cases? Nope.

Sorry if this guy loses his job, but this sounds like an engineered crisis. Whomever is doing the firing should be looked at. Want to know the irony of ironies? The JP's union might have a thing or two to say about this too...

 
At 8:11 AM, Blogger Mike said...

PS Dino, care to provide a link...I can't find this anywhere to get the details....

 
At 12:49 AM, Blogger DazzlinDino said...

sorry mike I was away for a bit....Heard it on talk radio just as I was getting in the van the other day, missed the details, just caught the punchline.....I'll snoop a bit and let you know if i dig anything up.....

 
At 6:45 PM, Blogger John Murney said...

The fight for true equality in Canada will never end.
SSM is a great victory, but this victory will come under intense attack in the future.
It is not enough to simply win - we must push ever forward, ever forward...

 
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