FF: Canada Dissolves, World Freaks
It’s amazing how quickly – and often quietly – gay rights can be jeopardized by a radical conservative government.
Bearing witness to the firestorm over the past 24 hours, however, has given me new faith and respect for the power and intensity of the Internet. There’s not much chance anymore of a seemingly innocuous position with massive ramifications going unnoticed.
The world freaked out when a Canadian Department of Justice lawyer – a de facto representative of the conservative government – determined that a lesbian couple couldn’t get divorced because their marriage was actually void as their native countries, the US and England, did not recognize it.
When the world freaked more, the Canadian government said that, while they still believe that these marriages “should be legally recognized,” they aren’t.
As the world continues to freak out, the Canadian government now says that they will work quickly to amend the Civil Marriage Act to recognize all Canadian same-sex marriages – irrespective of the laws of the couples’ home countries.
That’s a pretty rapid about-face, and it’s a testament to how horrid and shocking most of us found this turn of events in Canada.
How could a gay couple go to Canada, get married in good faith (and pay for a license!), and then wake up to find that their marriage was no longer recognized because that very same marriage isn’t recognized in their home country?!? THAT’S LIKELY WHY THEY WENT TO CANADA IN THE FIRST PLACE!!!
I’m freaking out about Canada in today’s Friday Freakout. Here’s to hoping they get this little “kink” ironed out GAYSAP!