Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Canada Gets It

From the Globe and Mail:

One of the most raucous debates in Canadian history resulted in a vote that made Canada the fourth country to sanction same-sex marriage on Tuesday.

The Senate erupted in a loud cheer as it adopted the Liberal government’s Bill C-38, which will give gay and lesbian couples the right to marry in courthouses and city halls across the country.

The 47-21 vote came after years of court battles and debate that divided families, religious groups and even political allies.

The final word in the debate came from a Liberal senator who read to the hushed chamber an e-mail from a Yukon constituent.

“You have no idea what a difference it makes to the human spirit to know that you are treated equally under the law,” said Ione Christensen, the 71-year-old senator from Whitehorse.

With that, members of the upper chamber were called in for a three-minute vote that came just after 11 p.m. and after three years of political and legal battles.

The bill will become law when it receives royal assent in a ceremony as early as Wednesday.

If the Queen says it’s the law, then it is the law. It’s not a good idea to mess with a queen.

Congratulations to the people of Canada — to all of them, gay or straight, Liberal or Tory, or whatever their feelings were on this. Thank you for setting an example of enlightenment in Western civilization and demonstrating that even in a country as large and diverse as Canada common sense and fairness can win out over evangelical threats of political retribution and jihadism. Someday you will have to tell us how you did it.