Her argument rests on the fact that if the majority of the people are against it, then it doesn't matter what the minority thinks... that seems to be her view of "Democracy".
I finally got sick of her ignoring all my data and points to solely focus on her terribly narrowminded, ignorant and flawed "argument", and decided to hopefully clarify to her exactly what I and others like Chris were referring to when we said that it was the right thing to do, regardless of whether or not the majority of Canadians were against same sex marriages. Based on the scientific facts that I've laid out in previous posts, the following should sum it up pretty succinctly.
A few points from Principles of Democracy: Majority Rule, Minority Rights:
On the surface, the principles of majority rule and the protection of individual and minority rights would seem contradictory. In fact, however, these principles are twin pillars holding up the very foundation of what we mean by democratic government.
Minorities -- whether as a result of ethnic background, religious belief, geographic location, income level, or simply as the losers in elections or political debate -- enjoy guaranteed basic human rights that no government, and no majority, elected or not, should remove.
Acceptance of ethnic and cultural groups that seem strange if not alien to the majority can represent one of the greatest challenges that any democratic government can face. But democracies recognize that diversity can be an enormous asset. They treat these differences in identity, culture, and values as a challenge that can strengthen and enrich them, not as a threat.
And in summary, a few links to consider. With a nod and a wink to Lisa. ;-)
Same-sex marriage bill must stand, "majority" says.
Canadians And Same Sex Marriage As The Supreme Court Of Canada Makes Its Ruling: 71% Support Concept, 27% Don’t.
As the Supreme Court of Canada issues its opinion on the federal government's legislation to legalize same-sex marriage today, a poll of Canadians finds that a full majority (71%) support the concept of same sex marriage. However, these Canadians are split in how they would like the union recognized: four in ten (39%) believe same-sex marriage should be “fully recognized and equal to conventional heterosexual marriages”, while and 32% believe it should “be allowed to exist in civil law but not have the same legal weight as a conventional marriage”. In the alternate, the poll found that only a minority of 27% believe that “it is wrong and should never be lawful”. Two percent “don’t know” which of these views they have on this issue.
I think that about sums it up.
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