The focal point of all reforms should be human liberation, and the respect for human value and human rights. The free development of each individual is the basis for all social progress.
Xu Wenli, Chinese dissident
Why do we have to be such a backwards country when it comes to social issues?
Canada legalized gay marriage, yesterday (Wednesday) becoming the fourth nation to grant full legal rights to same-sex couples. Canada follows Netherlands, Belgium and Spain.
Meanwhile, our President Bush uses the issue to successfully create a divide in the country. This seems such a basic right that to deny it is truly a prejudice that reflects poorly on our society today. Don’t try and blame this on the bible because the “good” book approves of slavery too – unless a master beats him so that he loses an eye or teeth, in which case Exodus 21 states the slave must be freed.
Canada’s progress on social issues is further illustrating just how socially backwards we are in the United States. This bill passed despite strong opposition from Conservatives and religious leaders.
The new law grants same-sex couples legal rights equal to those in traditional unions between a man and a woman, something already legal in eight of Canada's 10 provinces and in two of its three territories.
It seems like common sense, but we know what an oxymoron that is.