Wednesday, January 26, 2005

The Same-Sex Marriage Issue

Soon, there will be a vote in Canada's Commons that will essentially set out a country-wide standard regarding the legality of same-sex marriage.

Now, if you believe the newspapers, and television, and radio, and just about any other media source, you're probably assuming that the legislation is going to get shot down, burned, spit on, and used to line bird cages. In fact, it's probably safer to assume the legislation will pass, probably with about 50-55% of the vote, but not much more.

However, the people that are opposing it are generally much louder than those who support, you know, equal rights.

Their arguments basically focus on the fact that legalizing same-sex marriage would harm society, devalue the concept of "marriage", and create a harmful environment for children (in fact, "Hey! You! We just decided you can't have kids! In fact, don't go near them!"). The farther right also argue that it's a moot point anyway, because no one's actually homosexual, they just choose to be and are doing it for attention.

Now, in a time when about 52% of marriages end in divorce, countries like the States can't understand why teen pregnancy and STIs are on the rise (we teach abstinence, why isn't it working?), and people can be married by Elvis, how much farther is there to go in devaluing the concept of marriage?

Basically, what this comes down to is equality. Quite simply, it's not morally or ethically right to deny something to one group of people that everyone else can have. This is going to be the kind of thing that, 60 years from now, people will look back on and say, "Wow, I can't believe they had such an argument about that."

You know, like, "Wow, they actually burned people at the stake?"

Or, "Wow, I can't believe women had to go through such a long fight just to vote."

Or, "Wow, I can't believe people argued to keep black people as slaves."

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