A Prince Albert Collegiate Institute Grade 12 English Language Arts A30 class taught by Evonne Garrett worked with Daily Herald managing editor Perry Bergson last month on writing editorials for newspapers. Over the next month we’ll give them a chance to speak up on issues that are meaningful to them. This one was written by Jenna Brown
The legalization of gay marriage in Canada intensified discussions surrounding it.
The topic is more open for discussion because it’s a legal part of our society, and still people are not willing to agree with each other, regardless of the thought that people need more equality in the world.
In 2005, the provincial governments allowed same-sex marriage in eight out of 10 provinces and one out of three territories. The two most religiously conservative provinces, Alberta and Prince Edward Island, never did allow same-sex marriage provincially.
However, on July 20, 2005, gay marriage was made legal all across Canada as a nation-wide law, ruling out any reason for not allowing two people to marry, and changing the legal title of these couples from simple roommates up to an actual married couple.
Many people became very outspoken at these legal changes, and did not agree with what the government was doing with the “traditional image” of marriage.
The problem was not the fact that people had opinions: Everyone has opinions. The problem arose from people going further than making a statement against gay marriage and creating a monster out of a mouse.
People say that equality is key in order to gain peace in this world, but aren’t willing to give up or hide a cruel opinion in order to build up that equality. People say that love is blind, yet they can’t accept that love can be blind to gender.
How is it that people can support a ladder of equality, but seem to forget one of the steps?
Marriage is not only a union of two people, it’s a commitment. This level of commitment makes people happy and excited.
But if Canada denies these people of their right to marry, is this the automatic denial of their happiness? Is Canada telling its citizens that they cannot be happy if their sexual orientation is not in line with “tradition”?
On the other hand, advocates for gay marriage tend to silence those who have an opposite opinion, resorting to harassment and verbal assault for having a mindset that doesn’t align with theirs.
A simple opposing comment can be taken to extremes and called hateful when it was only a completely innocent opinion that everyone is allowed to have. It is easy to blow things out of proportion when it comes to the issue of discussing gay marriage.
Although gay marriage should be completely equal to everyone, people should be allowed and accepted for having an opposing opinion, so long as it isn’t a hateful comment on someone’s lifestyle.