The End of the Gay Marriage Debate
A couple of weeks ago, I commented on the marriage of the Smithermans. George Smitherman , a provincial politician, married his same sex partner not far from here.
Well! the Feds did him one better. Scott Brison married his partner in his rural Nova Scotia riding. globeandmail.com: Brison celebrates historic wedding He is a much respected member of parliament who has sat on both sides of the house and who out of principle crossed the floor of the house when the historic Progressive Conservative Party dissolved itself into the Conservative Party. (not all that progressive). The guest list was remarkable with political friends present, including two former Prime Ministers of Canada and at least two former Premiers of provinces. In spite of this it proved to be a low key political event. It was after all the couple's big day.
What has impressed me is how little negative comment has been made and reported. It apprears the homophobic religious right (yes we do have a few of those, even in parliament) has decided to let this pass without comment. The local rural population was quite uneffected by all the goings on and seemed to wonder what all the fuss was about. Their attitude is one of live and let live and love is good no matter how it is packaged. It is hard to imagine such a scene ever taking place in the United States. We really are a different people.
Prime Minister Harper and his conservative government can give up on the idea of revisiting the "issue" of gay marriage. It is no longer an issue, it is an engrained part of the social fabric of Canada. Time to move on to issues of importance to Canadians.
For the moment, All the best to the Brisons. May life together be loving and long!