TORONTO, May 10, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Canada Post is releasing a “gay marriage” stamp as part of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations.
The stamp is in the shape of a Maple Leaf with a rainbow flag and marks the 2005 Civil Marriage Act, passed under Liberal Prime Minister Paul Martin.
Canada Post’s website describes the event:
On July 20, 2005, Canada became the fourth country in the world to pass federal legislation that gave all citizens the right to marry the one they love. The stamp depicts a section of a rainbow flag, which is a familiar symbol of pride for the LGBTQ2S (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Two Spirit) community.
Such economy of words, so many lies packed into one phrase: “the right to marry the one they love.”
The stamp is the fourth of a series of 10 that supposedly commemorate key moments in Canada’s history since in 1867.
It was unveiled at The 519, a downtown Toronto advocacy centre for homosexual persons and all others in the LGBTQI community, and will be available June 1.
The three stamps released previously mark Expo 1967, the repatriation of the Constitution in 1982, and the launch of the Canadarm space arm in 1981.
What will be on the next six stamps?
Your guess is as good as mine, but I’m laying odds at least one will celebrate women’s “reproductive rights.”
Here are a few highlights in Canada’s brief history that may find their way on a stamp:
1969: Pierre Trudeau Liberals legalize abortion, and since then, more than 3.5 million Canadians have been killed in utero. Illustration: no doubt a coat hanger.
1969: Pierre Trudeau Liberals decriminalize buggery for those under age 21. Later, that age was lowered to 18, and now the Justin Trudeau Liberals are about to lower it to age 16. Can’t imagine the illustration.
1985: Supreme Court Big M Drug Mart Ltd. ruling strikes down the Lord’s Day Act and changes meaning of religious freedom in the Charter to religious “pluralism,” thus paving the way to kick Christianity out of the public square. Illustration: A red circle with line over a cross.
1988: Supreme Court Morgentaler decision striking down the law on abortion. No question that the illustration will be abortionist and abortion crusader Henry Morgentaler.
1995: Supreme Court Egan ruling in which the court writes “sexual orientation” into Section 15 of the Charter of Rights. Illustration: Rainbow flag. Or a judge with a crown on her head.
2002: Supreme Court Chamberlain decision, which ruled school children have to be exposed to different points of view, given Canada’s policy of multiculturalism. Illustration: A child being choked by a rainbow flag?
2011: Supreme Court PHS Community Services Society decision legalizes safe injection sites. Illustration: a needle in an arm.
2013: Supreme Court in Bedford legalizes prostitution and brothels, which the Harper Conservatives modified by legislating the criminal act was soliciting, so the johns, not the prostitutes, would be prosecuted. Illustrations could be solicited.
2016: Supreme Court in Carter struck down the ban on euthanasia so that vulnerable Canadians can be killed upon request. Same image as safe-injection site. Only an old and feeble arm.
It’s just too bad the Liberals’ Bill C-16, which adds gender expression and gender identity to the Human Rights Code and to the hate crime section of the Criminal Code, hasn’t passed yet.
That could have been illustrated by a gender nonconforming person, with a contest to guess what gender they were not conforming to and which one they were, and where they were going next in their attempt to escape the binary. …
Ditto for the Liberal bill legalizing marijuana: that would make a like, wow, far-out stamp, dude.
Those will have to wait for the next anniversary celebrating Canada’s greatness.