Sunday, March 05, 2006

New institute defines 'family' narrowly

The Ottawa Citizen

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Re: New kid on the block will be famous one day, Feb. 24.

As one of the participants in the protest against the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada that columnist John Robson refers to as "dreary," I feel compelled to respond to his attack on equal families, and his glowing endorsement of the institute's aims.

Despite the institute's innocuous title, its affiliation with Focus on the Family demonstrates its true aims: to reverse marriage rights for same-sex couples, to attack a women's right to choose, to dismantle any semblance of a publicly funded child-care system, and to encourage "abstinence-only" sex education.

Focus on the Family maintains that homosexual people can be "converted" through therapy, and its leader has referred to abortion as a "baby holocaust."

Does this sound like neutral public-policy research?

Those of us who braved the brutal cold to stand up for equality during the institute's launch (and the hundreds of thousands of Canadians that do so every day in their homes and workplaces) believe strongly in the importance of "family values." But our values include love and acceptance of all Canadian families, including single-parent families and same-sex-parent families.

Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people, along with our friends, families and allies, will continue to monitor the activities of groups like the Institute of Marriage and Family, and their influence on the new Conservative government's political agenda.

The quest for equality requires vigilance -- even on an icy day in February. Mr. Robson should get used to our "dreary" protests, because they aren't going to stop any time soon.

Ariel Troster, Ottawa, Egale Canada

2 comments:

Queer As Moi said...

I like our family values, sis :) They're way less dreary!

a reader said...

When I first heard about this new institute I was outraged. I read one article where the Institute said it would not be based in religious thought. Who are they kidding? No one, apparently. Keep up the good fight!