Same-Sex Marriage in Canada.

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The lives of gays and lesbians have been a topic of controversy for a long time. In the modern society today, homosexuality as a minority's sexual orientation and lifestyle is becoming more accepted than before. Most members of the public profess that they would respect and support homosexuals request for equal rights. They believe that homosexuals should get the same entitlement as heterosexuals, housing, jobs, the necessities of life and social welfare, etc. However, when gays and lesbians appealed for the right to get married like everybody else, the public does not seem open to such an idea. "Thousands protested against the government to change the definition of marriage for same-sex marriage" (CNEWS Canada). This paper will take a look at the gays and lesbians rights, analyze the views opposing same-sex marriage, and through comparing the past and present situation of homosexuality to explain why legalizing same-sex marriage is realizable.

The Right of Homosexuals.

Canada is a libertarian and democratic nation. What is liberty? Liberty is the basic right for everyone to act, believe, or express himself /herself in a manner of his/her own choosing as long as the person doesn't disturb or hurt public benefit. The law of Canada proclaims that "Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of the person, and the right not to be deprived thereof except in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice" (Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms 16); "Everyone has the right not to be subjected to any cruel and unusual treatment or punishment" (17); "Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental...