With all due respect, please… get a grip. Does anyone seriously believe this is part of Harper’s legendary Hidden Agenda®©™ to Destroy Gay Marriage?
As opposed to maybe, err um you know, a goofy screwup of lawyerly semantics over some uncrossed “T”s and undotted “I”s in our relatively-new equal marriage laws?
The Harper government is working quickly to change the law so that the marriages of the thousands of gay couples who travel to Canada to wed are legally recognized in this country.
“We want to make it very clear that in our government’s view, these marriages should be valid,” a senior government official told Postmedia News on Friday.
“That’s why we will change the Civil Marriage Act so that any marriages performed in Canada that aren’t recognized in the couple’s home jurisdiction will be recognized in Canada.”
Much as I’m loathe to defend the Harper Government, I will only dump on it when dumping is due, which in this case, it isn’t. Hey, it wasn’t the odious Harpercons™ that crafted the legislation and forgot to cross the i’s and dot the t’s in the first place. “Forgot”?? Or Martin’s Hidden Agenda??
And speaking of irrational paranoia and pot-stirring, the Globe & Mail has secured itself a permanent place in my Hall of Inflammatory Rhetorical Shame for starting their article on this non-event like this:
The Harper government has served notice that thousands of same-sex couples who flocked to Canada from abroad since 2004 to get married are not legally wed.
“Served notice”? Now I wonder how many interpreted this to mean an actual notice, on paper, the kind that gets served in person by the court. But never mind that: the G&M also gets a citation in Hall of Hypocrisy and Silly Walkbacks. Yesterday’s article on this topic, once shriekingly headed like this:
…has apparently taken its pill, done some yoga, calmed down a bit and realized its headline was complete Bullshit, and now looks more benignly like this:
The URL’s the tell! Change it, turkeys. Duh.
Not that I don’t harbour my own form of aberrant paranoia, and it makes me wonder what havoc the Harper Government©®™ managed to wreak on other areas of the Canadian body politic while everyone was busy running around in circles with their hair on fire over this non-issue. Eyes on the ball, peeps. We wouldn’t want the general electorate to get the idea that progressives are paranoid conspiracy theorists….
…or would we!??