Blog /a nation of tolerance

June 29, 2005 02:26 +0100  |  Society & Culture 5

bill c-38, more commonly known as "the gay marriage bill" has finally passed in the house of commons. i'm not sure what else to say right now except that i'm so very proud of my country tonight. we owe a big thank you to Pierre Trudeau, the NDP and the gay community for pushing this issue for decades -- Canada is only the 3rd country on the planet to officially recognise the love between two people of the same sex, and in an age when being gay can get you hanged in some countries, Canada stands as a symbol of tolerance and acceptance for something that is quite natural. i never thought i'd do this, but i have to quote paul martin here:

the vote is about the Charter of Rights. we're a nation of minorities and in a nation of minorities you don't cherry-pick rights.

well said paul.

Comments

smyli
30 Jun 2005, 4:42 a.m.  | 

o hey. happy belated birthday.

Andrea
30 Jun 2005, 1:35 p.m.  | 

And now Spain is country #4! See with a little persistance the world can become a better place!

Now if only we can start following the Netherlands on Environmental issues....

daniel
30 Jun 2005, 1:43 p.m.  | 

...or their stance on pot ;-)
and thanks for the birthday wish dude. i have pictures of the gettogether we had, but i'm not sure if i'll be able to post them before Canada day.

Angela
30 Jun 2005, 2:01 p.m.  | 

I am so relieved this passed! Now I won't feel like I'll have to hold my breath until it becomes law.

noreen
30 Jun 2005, 3:31 p.m.  | 

caught a bit of a news commentary by the chinese channel last night. you'd be amazed at how many asians were against the passing of this bill. i was talking to my mom about it and she firmly believes (among with other asians who were interviewed off the street on the commentary) that this will only encourage more homosexuality in canada - even if you're straight - as if the issue was just a fad or something. And it would "worsen" morals and values in canada. it's such a narrow viewpoint. my sister and i were arguing/educating with her for a little bit. From the asian standpoint, this subject is such taboo. sons and daughters are meant to procreate and carry on the family line so marriage is extremely important. to be homosexual means the family name comes to a halt even if adoption was a choice factor.

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