Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Sometimes Canada just makes sense

Regarding same-sex marriages and the ability of government marriage commissioners to decline officiating at the ceremonies of gay and lesbian couples.
... [T]he Court held that accommodating the religious beliefs of marriage commissioners could not justify discrimination against gay and lesbian couples.... [M]arriage commissioners act as government officials, not private individuals, when they perform marriage ceremonies.... [T]he obligation to solemnize same-sex marriages does not affect or interfere with the core elements of a commissioner’s religious freedom: the freedom to hold beliefs and the freedom to worship.... [A]llowing marriage commissioners to withhold their services because of personal religious convictions would undercut the fundamental principle that government services must be provided to all members of the public on an impartial and non-discriminatory basis.
For an example of Canada's nonsensicalness, click here and scroll down to the part on Howard Stern.

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