While Canada moves closer to legalizing gay marriage, Spain jumped ahead and did just that, over the objections of that nation’s senate. In so doing, they joined Belgium and the Netherlands in the ranks of nations that have opened legal marriages to homosexuals. Spain’s conservative senate rejected this legislation, but theirs is an advisory role only.
Gay marriage advocates in the United States are facing an uphill battle, with most Americans dead-set against it. States have been amending their consitutions to define marriage as between a man and woman only, and these amendments have met with widespread voter approval. Even today, Americans tend to be more religious than our friends across the Atlantic. However, there is more than just a religious component to gay marriage opposition. Many non-Christians recognize the sanctity of marriage from a values as well as logic standpoint. After all, if equal access under the constitution means homosexuals should be allowed to marry, then that same argument can be used to push for polygamist marriages, bestiality marriages, incestual marriages, and pedophilial marriages. While many gay marriage proponents find such arguments ridiculous, they are a logical extension of the same legal arguments they’re using today.
Canada’s House of Commons passed legislation Tuesday that would legalize gay marriage by the end of July as long as the Senate goes along, which they’re almost certain to do. Do we owe Sodom and Gomorrah an apology?