Six years of gay marriage and Canada hasn’t crumbled


By Naomi Lakritz, Postmedia News
July 13, 2011

Next week marks the sixth anniversary of same-sex marriage becoming legal in Canada.

Six years isn’t typically a milestone anniversary; those things tend to be divisible by five. But I started thinking about it after spending last weekend reading A Radiant Life, a collection of columns by Nuala O’Faolain, the late Irish journalist.

O’Faolain can be heavy slogging. Not for her writing, which is piercing and luminous, but because she paints a moving, if relentless portrait of a grim, grey Ireland, the Irish green all washed out of it, an alcohol-sodden place of domestic violence, abused children and oppressed, under-valued women. Indeed, one review of her book online was headlined “Emerald Bile.”

But it was her column on the progress, or lack thereof, of acceptance of same-sex relationships in Ireland that made me think of Canada’s upcoming anniversary.

In the run-up to Bill C-38 being passed, the naysayers darkly predicted the seismic crumbling of Canadian society as we know it; they said the “gay agenda” would undermine heterosexual marriage and families.

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One Response to “Six years of gay marriage and Canada hasn’t crumbled”

  1. Elizabeth Says:

    I have always had a simple philosophy about gay marriage. If Christian Conservatives and the Catholic Church are against it then I am for it. I am being silly of course but if two people love each other then I see no reason why they should not be able to marry each other. If certain churches do not want to do it then someone else will.

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