Happy Mother's Day! Or as it may be, Happy Mothers Day! When Barack Obama became the first U.S. president to endorse gay marriage on Wednesday, his newly announced stance changed the gay-rights debate overnight -- and not just in the States. Many progressive Canadians expressed pride that same-sex marriage is already legal in Canada. But what does this mean for those who oppose same-sex marriage? Indeed, does it make you a bigot to hold the view of marriage that President Obama espoused until this week?
Last week the federal government introduced C-32, the Civil Marriage of Non-Residents Act, prompted by the same-sex divorce case of a lesbian couple. While the proposal makes it even clearer that such couples are validly married and always were, it establishes different divorce procedures for same-sex couples in a way that is highly problematic.