Friday, July 01, 2005

First Canada, now Spain

Yesterday, the Canadian Parliament passed a bill allowing same-sex marriages, bringing Canada's marriage laws into compliance with its Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Today, the Spanish Parliament followed suit. The Canadian bill must still be passed by the upper house, but the Spanish bill will become law in a month.

This makes our civil union legislation seem just a little backward, neh?


On the other hand, some sections of the gay community positively welcome the marriage thing as a step forward for conservatism (Andrew Sullivan has been tirelessly plugging marriage for gays as a dyke against that damn promiscuous party lifestyle). Personally I would welcome any legislation that did away with discrimination on the basis of your relationship status - and no, I'm not talking about your favourite sheep, All Black fans - as single people and childless couples are increasingly targeted to pay for the chosen lifestyle of "breeders" (single or coupled). I can't understand why you get tax and social benefits just because you are lucky enough to have somebody in your life who still wants to be with you after the first date.

Posted by Hans Versluys : 7/01/2005 12:29:00 PM

It's funny the way people consider children to be a life style choice. Being a parent might be a choice but children have no choice at all Maybe it would be helpful for those who resent their tax going to child-related social benefits to think of it, not as going to parents, but as going to the next generation of workers and consumers who in the future are going to keep the economy going so aging, childless people don't have to go without hip replacements and hearing aids.

And good for Canada. Its not like the right to marriage stops anyone have a promiscuous party life style, if they so choose. Heterosexual behaviour has always spanned the spectrum.

Posted by Amanda : 7/01/2005 12:56:00 PM