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Wednesday, Jun. 15, 2005 - 11:41 p.m.
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Dear Mr. Martin
I thought I'd pass on the letter I wrote to the prime minister of Canada yesterday.
Dear Prime Minister Martin,
I am writing to urge you to put through the Equal Marriage Bill as soon as possible.
I am a bisexual woman living in Canada and I fail to see how I become a lesser citizen if I am with a female partner instead of a male partner. In every meaningful way the relationship is the same. My love is the same, my future goals for a family life are the same, the protection needed for my relationship, my belongings, my healthcare, my heritage, my children is the same. My contribution to society is the same.
Please put into law the changes that have already been in place since oneman-onewoman marriage restrictions were deemed unconstitutional in most of the provinces and territories. Please validate on a federal basis the marriages my gay friends and colleagues have contracted in the past several years. The legal bodies of this nation have been clear that discrimination is unconstitutional.
Experience has shown that allowing gays to marry in these provinces and territories has had no detrimental effect upon society nor traditional marriages in the past several years. More married couples cannot but increase the stability of relationships for the betterment of society and raising children. All citizens, whether heterosexual, bi or homosexual should have the choice to marry or not.
Please remember that religious freedom is not equivalent to "protection of Christian churches to the detriment of those of other beliefs". I have a right to religious freedom as well. If Christians are not against buddhists, fornicators (ie those who have had sex outside of marriage) or Jewish people marrying despite these groups of people not following
the precepts of the Bible, I fail to see why they should bar gay people from marrying their partners. Freedom of religion dictates that Christian churches do not have to marry Jewish people, and neither would they have to marry gay people.
On the other hand a Christian in public office should carry out their public duties based on the law of the land, not based on their religious beliefs. If someone's religious beliefs dictate that women should not be educated, teach, use birth control or be employed outside the home, we do not allow them to abdicate their civil job duties in order to discriminate against women, since it is illegal in our society.
Similarly, if it is against someone's religious beliefs not to marry a gay couple, but it is illegal to discriminate against people according to their gender preference of partner, this is illegal discrimination and should not fall under religious freedom in our country.
I fully support citizen equality, regardless of race or gender, and I hope you will too.
Please stand up for the rights of all who live in Canada, and do not allow this issue to be put off indefinitely. Please give us equal protection under the laws of the land. Please pass Bill C-38 before the summer break.
Any Canadians out there? Or Americans who want to say that they think that Canada is a forerunner in human rights? You may write Prime Minister Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org
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