The next day Spain voted for the same thing, becoming--for those who think lists are important--the first country to complete the process. For C-38, the Canadian bill, to become law, it must pass the Senate and be signed by the Governor General; a done deal, but it takes some time, and thus Spanish gays and lesbian are probably marrying now, while Canadians will have to wait.
Well no, more than 90% of Canadians can already marry and enjoy the same rights as anyone else. Only two--of ten--provinces (Prince Edward Island with 135,294 inhabitants, and Alberta--Canada's Texas in miniature: cattle, oil & Stetsons--with 2,974,807 inhabitants, and a couple of northern territories with very, very few inhabitants were not governed by nine separate provincial court rulings (and one from the Yukon) that each held that to deny gays and lesbians the right to marry the person of their choice was inequitable and could not be justified in a free and democratic society. That's a Canadian fact. All Canadians, except those in Alberta, will benefit from an end, we hope permanent, to the tawdry debate that has droned on for much of this year.
But, you inquire, haven't Denmark and Belgium already passed laws allowing gays and lesbians to marry? As far as I know they have, but information incidental to the announcement of Spain's ground-breaking vote indicates that they do not allow them to adopt children. Not exactly my definition of equal marriage rights, and a caution to those who think "it" is always better elsewhere.
So, the Spanish government has stood up and said "This is the right thing, so we will do it." Obviously they do not understand politics. The Spanish opposition promises they will repeal the law, or at least, hold a referendum, if they come to power. The polls indicate that they would not be happy with the outcome, but that assumes a fair referendum and a fair question.
In Canada, the government of Alberta has bruited about that they will consider removing the province completely from the business of marrying people so as to spare Albertans the horrible spectacle of happy couples promising to cherish each other.
A last bit of information for those of you who are prone to despair at the mean spirit of too many Hoosier politicians. Less than five years ago, Paul Martin--the present Prime Minister of Canada who led the fight for bill C-38--and Anne McLellan the present Deputy Prime Minister of Canada made solemn promises in the House that they would never allow "gay marriage" in Canada. The Conservative opposition, who by the way, favored complete equality of marriage rights for gays and lesbians; they just opposed allowing them to use the word "marriage", called that change of heart "flip flopping" and "a dishonest betrayal of the electorate". It seems more reasonable to say that the Liberal government listened to the people, considered the arguments presented and the learned opinions of eight provincial, and one territorial, supreme courts and took the opportunity to increase their own understanding.
Thank you, Canada! Merci, Canada! Â¡Gracias Espagna! Indiana, grow up!