Does Marriage Have to be Redefined in Canada?: Good Reasons for Challenging Bill C-38 and Defending the Natural Definition of Marriage

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Everyone now knows that the federal government wants to redefine marriage by June to include unions between same-sex partners. In order to do this, the government tabled Bill C-38 in the House of Commons on February 1, 2005.

There are many reasons for people of faith to say NO to this bill which, if passed, will radically change the institution of marriage to the point where its very nature, its meaning and its reason for existing will be lost. It will be replaced by something different.

But faith alone is not the only basis for marriage remaining what it has traditionally been. Whether they believe in God or not, Canadians have many human and natural reasons for not opening the door to same-sex marriages.

The issue here is not preventing same-sex partners from being together. The issue is whether the definition of marriage should be changed to include same-sex unions. What millions of Canadians  – for whom the word “marriage” reflects a reality that is intrinsic to our nature as humans – are refusing to do is to accept that this word be redefined to include a whole other reality.

Refusing to accept same-sex marriage has nothing to do with egotism, discrimination, bigotry, intolerance or homophobia. It’s a matter of common sense. The heterosexual definition of marriage must be preserved for the simple reason that it is based on the way things are.

Because the relationship of a man and woman committed in a marriage is the strongest core of the family, and because the family is the most vital unit in society, we run great risks in tinkering with the definition of marriage and the family.

It is important and urgent to reflect in depth on this question, to inform our family and friends, and to contact our Members of Parliament to express clearly and politely our concerns, our opinions and our convictions on Bill C-38. (Write to them at: Name of MP, House of Commons, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0A6; telephone them at their local riding offices.) It is our right and our responsibility as citizens to do so. The well-being of our children and grandchildren and of future generations is at stake.

Listed below in MARRIAGE MEMOS are some short answers to the main arguments being put forward by supporters of same-sex marriage. 

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