Now, I feel that same-sex marriages have to be legal regardless of public opinion. Equality can't be subject to popularity polls. Nevertheless, it's interesting to read a wide variety of opinions. Plus I was envious of the reporter's cross-Canada drive!
Canada gets ready for gay marriageRead some of your neighbors' opinions here.
For three weeks last month I went back in the closet.
I disguised myself as a middle-aged straight man, rented a navy blue Saturn and drove from Vancouver to St. John's with frequent stops to talk with Canadians about same-sex marriage. If anyone asked if I was gay, I came clean. I didn't want to misrepresent myself. But I did want people to speak freely and from their hearts.
One more thing. While I have strong convictions on the subject, I have no vested interest. I ain't the marrying kind.
I took this cross-country trip to grasp the true voice of Canadians.
I'd already heard the politicians, religious leaders and gay activists. And I'd studied the polls that told me that 40 per cent of Canadians support gay marriage, 40 per cent oppose it, and 20 per cent are undecided. I also knew that opposition was declining and support was growing, as some undecideds were perhaps having a change of heart.
I intuitively felt that this was not a simple yes or no issue. I believed the real voices of Canadians had more complexity, depth, and nuance.
It is a story that would be told in quiet tones by unsure and often conflicted voices.
That's why I drove more than 8,000 kilometres across the country — to hear them.