Sunday, July 05, 2009
Saskatchewan: The Apartheid Province
Ever since I was a boy newly arrived in Canada, and long after I discovered that sadly there were no bears on Mount Royal, and that building an igloo was harder than I thought, I always wanted to go to Saskatchewan.
To lie in one of those beautiful golden Wizard of Oz fields and stare up at the big blue sky.
But now that dream will never come true because Saskatchewan doesn't want me...or other gay people. It's an apartheid province.
The Saskatchewan Party government is proposing legislation that would allow the province's marriage commissioners to refuse to perform same-sex marriages.
Where to placate its rabid hate mongering Christianist base a Canadian government is prepared to humiliate gay people, deny them equal rights, treat their love as something dirty, and turn them into second class citizens.
Of course, as Dr Dawg, A Creative Revolution, and stageleft point out, this case is about more than just gay rights.
It's about whether public servants have the right to pick and choose which members of the public they will serve. And the only decent thing to do is to ask these public servants whether they are prepared to serve ALL citizens.
And if they say no...... to FIRE their bigot asses. Because Canada isn't Iran and in Canada human rights trump religious rights any old day.
The good news? This apartheid move only reinforces the need for Human Rights Commissions to prevent citizens from being discriminated against by their own governments. And the ReformCons of the Wall government will be shamed in the eyes of the world....and boycotted from every direction.
The bad news? It just struck me that lying in one of those golden fields on a clear night full of stars would be even more awesome.
Oh well. They can destroy my big sky dreams....or put them on hold. But they can never destroy our humanity. Or make me believe that our love isn't as beautiful as any other.
And of course I'll fight them FOREVER.
Those miserable bastard bigots who are ruining my country...
P.S. I have to admit that when I was a teenager, I also used to dream of driving a convertible at full speed through an endless wheat field. Like Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek did in the classic 70s movie Badlands.
While blasting the music from this scene on the car stereo...
But Sébastien said that wasn't a good dream. So I gave that one up voluntarily.