Tuesday, June 28, 2005

The United States of Canada and...

Well, it looks like Canada is going to approve gay marriage. I would like to therefore issue a warning to all heterosexual couples in Canada. I fear that all of your marriages and relationships are in grave danger of becoming extinct and invalid. The love you share will disappear faster than your old sweatpants when Carson the Queer Guy comes into your life.

Seriously, though. On the Diane Rehm Show today, Canadian Ambassador Frank McKenna was asked a question about why Canada would approve such a motion. Mr. McKenna replied that the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to bear arms, and therefore gun control is out of the question regardless of the harm guns may cause. Those who interpret Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms find it likewise impossible to refuse anyone the right to marry, regardless of sexual orientation.

While some Americans fear that gay marriage will send their society into the toilet, Canadians have the same fear that free access to guns will do the same. But the type of restriction (or failure to restrict) that occurs in both countries is a matter of different documents…and different interpretation. Canadians think rights include marriage. Americans think rights include the ability to shoot dead any stranger that comes onto your property.

I appreciated Mr. McKenna’s insights and his diplomatic response to a difficult question. I also think that perhaps this map is a more appropriate division of ideals on North America. It’s only 103 miles from Indianapolis, Jesusland to the United States of Canada!


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