Friday, July 05, 2013

The Fight For Rights Never Stops

Canada has had legal same sex marriage for a decade.  The world hasn't ended, society hasn't collapsed into anarchy, people aren't marrying their goats, lawnmowers or anything else either.

On the heels of the US Supreme Court rulings on DOMA and Proposition 8, I found that Calgary's hardline Bishop, Fred Henry, has once again opened his yap on the subject.

But they do copy marriage and family, and in the process, they compete with and diminish the uniquely important status of both. While the culture has failed in many ways to be marriage-strengthening, this is no reason to give up. Now is the time to strengthen marriage, not redefine it.
More or less this is the standard whining that we heard from Henry during the debates over legalizing same sex marriage in Canada.

Calgary Herald columnist Naomi Lakritz wrote a letter which correctly chastises the Bishop for his criticisms.

Henry says “God’s wise design” confirms that differences between the genders matter. To which anyone who believes in God should reply that, as part of God’s wise design, He has also created people who are homosexual.
A day later, we get the following drivel published as a letter to the editor:
Legal and financial equality can be achieved through civil unions without attaching the sacred term "marriage." But the very river of life flows through the union of a man and woman. This does not occur in any samesex relationship. Everyone needs a mother and a father. Why would any caring society intentionally deprive children of that universally recognized need?
Just as there is no rest in the abortion rights discussion the same applies to equality rights for LGBT people or other minority groups.  As much as it would be nice to relax and take a break, we must remember the old saying "The price of liberty is eternal vigilance".


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