Here's another article I wrote, but for IRM just recently, and I wanted to share it with you via BRB. The topic of this article is an issue that's close to my heart, as I believe in freedom of choice for all.
I just love the picture I've added with this post. There's almost a childlike innocence about it, where the two men are afraid they might get caught. But if you look deeper, I think you'll see much more...perhaps an incredibly strong bond based on love? Marriage... There are certain things in life that most of us take for granted. For instance, all of us know that when we get up in the morning there will be oxygen to breathe, our country will be intact, and our family members are alive and well. We know the grocery store is down the road and the car is in the driveway. If we're married, we trust that our partner should be lying beside us, safe and sound, when we open our eyes.
My husband and I have several rituals, and in the mornings (if he's not at work) we cuddle, kiss and talk for a few minutes. I never let him get away without telling him, I love him, and I must also wish him the best for the day ahead. I don't know why, but that's what we do. Then at night when he gets home, either before or after dinner, he'll drag me to the bedroom and we repeat the same ritual. It's quality time, and I swear it happens every day. My hubby would never admit to a soul, but he lives for the affection. I know **oohh and aww** LOL
Now, step back and think about this for a minute. Shouldn't everyone enjoy the same as we do and millions of other couples like us (my husband and I)? What about same-sex marriages? Are you opposed to the idea? Or do you support it?
I believe everyone has the right to marry whomever they chose. Hey at least it's legal, right? Wrong! Same-sex marriage isn't legal in every country. In most homosexuality and marriage are punishable by imprisonment or death. Yes I said death. In most of the Arabic, African and Asian nations homosexuality is far from tolerated. It's a scary thought, that what I take for granted so many others aren't able. I live North of Sixty - yes, I'm a crazy canuck and I can honestly say, that Canada did something really historic six years ago and it's something I'm quite proud of.
On July 20, 2005, Canada became the fourth country in the world and the first country in the Americas to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide with the enactment of the Civil Marriage Act which provided a gender-neutral marriage definition. Court decisions, starting in 2003, each already legalized same-sex marriage in eight out of ten provinces and one of three territories, whose residents comprised about 90% of Canada's population. Before passage of the Act, more than 3,000 same-sex couples had already married in these areas. Most legal benefits commonly associated with marriage had been extended to cohabiting same-sex couples since 1999.
The cool part about the whole thing...in Canada you're permitted to legally marry, you're also permitted to legally disperse your estate, pension and death benefits to your same-sex partner. Basically, whatever a heterosexual couple can do, the same-sex couple is also entitled. You want to divorce - well you're going to pay the same. You want to have kids - go ahead! In the eyes of the law, everyone is equal! Very, very awesome!
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