The current word-storm in the media over the status of same-sex marriage in Canada doesn’t raise much concern at my house. Seems to me, our legal system and marriage law is intended for residents of Canada and should not be overly concerned about those who use it to circumvent marriage laws in their own countries.
Canadian couples cannot dissolve their marriages (divorce) without satisfying Canadian residency rules—currently 12 months for at least one spouse. Similar residency rules apply in most North American jurisdictions, though, I am not certain what the rules are in Quebec. Lack of residency rules in Nevada is frequently the reason some Americans go to Las Vegas for so-called “quickie” divorces.
But here we go again with one more example of a specific community wanting special consideration under our laws. A lesbian couple, who do not live in Canada, want our laws changed to suit their circumstances. Well tough!
Apparently, the couple got married in Canada when same-sex marriages were not recognized in their home jurisdictions, Florida and the United Kingdom. So, as I see it, they came to Canada to circumvent their countries’ own laws. And now they want Canada to turn itself into a quickie divorce jurisdiction to suit their lifestyle. Why, then, should I—or any other Canadian—waste any sympathy on these people?
I see no reason to eliminate Canadian residency rules to make it possible for foreigners to obtain divorces in Canada. No reason at all.
While we’re at it, same-sex marriage in Canada is in no way under threat. It is there now, and will continue to be there in the future, for Canadian residents who want to make use of it. And shame on the media members who have irresponsibly reported on this issue in a way that frightens those gay/lesbian Canadian residents who have been married here.
And CBC and CTV news channels, many in the media at large and in the gay/lesbian community should be ashamed of themselves for such callous and completely unfair criticism of Prime Minister Stephen Harper over this silly tempest in a teapot.
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