A new lobby group says it wants to warn Canadians that their fundamental freedoms - such as freedom of expression, belief, thought and religion - are being threatened by the groups sworn to uphold them.
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#27 Nov 14, 2010
#28 Nov 17, 2010
Actually, same sex couples can get married just about anywhere. They have to find someone to perform the ceremony, but that isn't that hard. The difference is whether the state will treat their marriage equally to that of a hetero couple. And herein, matter of the freedom of religion become entwined. The state has no compelling, secular interest in discriminating against same sex couples.
Likewise, granting equal recognition to all marriages does not grant discriminatory benefits or subsidies. It stops discrimination. If you want to talk about redefining words, let's try "discrimination". Nice attempt, but there is discrimination when one is treated differently from others. Not when all are treated equally.
Voters don't get to weigh in on what constitutes an appropriate marriage. That is a religious decision. If the state is going to offer benefits to married couples, it must do so equitably.
I would be happy to see the state only recognize civil union contracts as opposed to marriages. If you want benefits from the state, you and your spouse must sign a civil union contract (whether or not you get married in a church). Then, let churches argue over what constitutes a 'marriage', but treat all committed couples equally before the law.
#29 Nov 17, 2010
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