September 25, 2003  
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EDITORIAL & OPINIONS

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A contract for equality

To the Editor:

A recent editorial in The Gazette suggested that the best option to resolve the same-sex marriage issue would be for the government to arrange a referendum.

This is a bad idea for several reasons. First, it is not an issue that should be decided by Canadians. In this case, it is necessary to ignore personal opinion on issues and instead consider the issue as a means of providing equal rights. If the suffrage movement and the fight against slavery had been taken to a referendum, it is probable they would still be in place today.

Also, there are Eastern religions that do allow same-sex marriages. By not allowing them in Canada, we are infringing upon their religious freedoms. The new bill would not force all churches to partake in same-sex marriage; instead, it would provide the option for those churches who do agree with that belief.

Some argue same-sex couples can enter into civil unions that provide similar benefits. But, a civil union is not the same as marriage. Offering a separate but equal alternative only further serves to segregate same-sex couples.

By choosing to live in a country a person enters into a sort of contract, where the person agrees to be governed by the laws and the country agrees to provide certain benefits and institutions. In Canada, part of this contract involves accepting the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Constitution as governing documents. In the Charter, Section 15 guarantees everyone equal treatment under the law regardless of any discriminatory factors. If we allow the rights of a minority to be suppressed in favour of the opinion of the majority, we are not creating a civilization that provides equal rights to everyone.

Jeff Plank
Pure Mathematics II

 

Thank God

Re: "This is the church, this is the steeple... and hemp," Sep.19, 2003

To the Editor:

Failed clergy is part of the reason for cannabis prohibition and the story reflects that fact clear as clean air when church elder Wade Steers asserts, "From a holy point of view this is a desecration of a church."

Instead of persecuting or caging humans for using or growing cannabis, thank Christ God, Our Father for cannabis. Accept cannabis for what it is as described on literally the very first page of The Bible (Genesis 1:11-12 and 29-30).

Persecuting humans for using or growing a plant is uncivilized, not just to me but to Christ God Our Father, The Ecologician, who sent me. Don't believe it, just ask Him yourself.

Stan White
The Green Collar Worker

 

 

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