Friday, July 01, 2005

Canadian Hicks Nix

Much like downtown in Massachusetts, Canadians need to come to terms with the overdue reality. Some of the most rural and traditional areas remain conflicted about same-sex marriage, even as the most urban areas have already mandated it.

Canoe carries a good analysis. As the nation prepares for formal legalization by legislation of same-sex marriage, a few areas will still have to learn to deal.

Presently, Alberta, the Northwest Territories, Prince Edward Island, and the six-year-old Nunavut Territory waaay up North do not marry homosexual couples. One source is Calgary resident Keith Purdy. He and his partner of 14 years are waiting to announce their wedding."We won't make any plans until it's totally accepted here," he said.

Once bill C-38 goes through the formalities of the Senate vote and Queen's signature, they plan to file for a license. If they don't get it, they'll go to court.

The Canoe piece cites the same irrational fears as we heard in Massachusetts, which never occurred. Meanwhile, over 3,000 Canadian gay couples have wed. Ironically to the detractors, these marriages are likely more stable than heterosexual ones, as here. Those marrying tend to be long-term committed couples who will likely be life partners, not folk playing out passions and lust.

It's all understandable. Nothing will work as well as seeing the results.

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