OTTAWA, May 19, 2004 ( – The Canadian Department of Immigration has begun recognizing homosexual ‘marriage’ in assessing immigration applications. The partners must have “married” in Ontario, Quebec or British Columbia and one of them must be a Canadian citizen. Although support for homosexual ‘marriage’ is deeply divided in Canada, the government has moved forward in supporting and upholding court decisions to change laws and bureaucratic practice. On the same day Immigration made its announcement, , newsmagazine online published a commentary by Gwen Landolt, head of REAL Women of Canada. Her feature column, “Same-sex Unions Are Not Marriages” garnered, as of press time, 42 comments in response, many of which supported her position and many of which, while in disagreement, made the point that she ought to be free to publicly disagree with and criticize the homosexual political agenda. Landolt’s column made a straightforward case for marriage based, not on changeable feelings of the spouses for each other, but as a binding relationship that exists to build society by having and raising children and one in which civil society, therefore, has a genuine stake. She writes, “Society has a vital stake in child rearing, and children thrive best in an opposite-sex environment where they learn their gender identity and sex-role expectations.” Landolt quotes a sociological study by a homosexual couple on the duration of same sex unions, “most homosexual men understand sexual relations outside the relationship to be the norm, and view adopting monogamous sexual standards as an act of oppression.” Predictably, many opposing comments called her opinions “hate,” a term that can have serious legal consequences since the passage of bill C-250 that included “sexual orientation” in the hate crimes provision. Responding to the vitriol of some of the opposed comments, Robert A. Jason, writes, “Our confused nation desperately needs responsible, conscientious citizens like Mrs. Landolt to make Canada strong and free, free from the stifling, unhealthy shackles of political correctness for which Canada is, sadly, renowned throughout the world.” To read Landolt’s column and accompanying comments: To post a comment: [email protected] add “viewpoint” in the subject line.


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