A Letter to Stephen Harper...
Dear Stephen: I sincerely hope that in early January we'll be calling you Mr. Prime Minister. However, I really have to ask to consider ruling out any attempted change to same-sex marriage (SSM). There there are two very good reasons for you to do that.
1. If you and your prospective MPs start raising SSM as an issue, you’ll find Conservative support fall away. There are simply too many prospective voters who will be scared away. These are voters that you need desperately – and many of these voters live in Ontario. And, they aren’t necessarily gay – most of my friends aren’t gay, but they are very much in favour in gay marriage. To them, raising SSM as an issue makes you sound like a bigot – regardless of whether that is true or not - and it makes them wonder what else you might do.
2. Right now, there is a huge attitude change taking place in society towards gay people. Homosexuality is now seen as just totally normal – so much so, that people like Andrew Sullivan are writing articles entitled “The End of Gay Culture”. Same-sex marriage was the last step in that normalization. For most people, it it just irrelevant if you are gay or if you are straight. Isn’t that exactly what you want? Why on earth would you want to change that at all?
I’m hoping you will do the wise thing. Tell the Canadian public that Same-Sex Marriage is off the table for good.