Langley Advance editorial says rights should never be put to referendum. Read the following excerpt from the paper:
Our View: Rights stand out
In one paragraph, not far into his speech, the prime minister summed up his government's position in a way that any of his opponents in the same-sex marriage debate - in or out of the House - should have been able to understand.
Prime Minister Martin said, "The Charter [of Rights and Freedoms] was enshrined to ensure that the rights of minorities are not subjected, are never subjected, to the will of the majority. The rights of Canadians who belong to a minority group must always be protected by virtue of their status as citizens, regardless of their numbers. These rights must never be left vulnerable to the impulses of the majority."
For those who still don't understand how the Charter pertains to the question at hand, the prime minister's precept applies to homosexual Canadians, just as it should have applied to Japanese-Canadians, Chinese-Canadians, Indo-Canadians, and any other historically hyphenated Canadians, not to mention female Canadians, who have been victimized by the majority's immoral - and yet, before the Charter, perfectly legal - will.