The differences in how people react to same-sex marriage between Canadians and Chinese

The differences in how people react to same-sex marriage between Canadians and Chinese

Same-sex marriage refers to the marriage relationship between people of the same sex. Same-sex marriage is different from traditional marriage, it does not stick to the marriage between men and women. It embodies the diversity of marriage and meets people’s different marriage needs. With the development and changes of society, same-sex marriage has become a hot spot of concern. This means that when the material level is satisfied, people are more and more attached to the spiritual pursuit. As far as Same-sex marriage is concerned, some countries now recognize the legality of same-sex marriage. The subject of my proposal is about the differences in how people react to same-sex marriage between Canadians and Chinese.

In 2005, Canada became one of the first countries in the world to legalize same-sex marriage. Most Canadians are proud and ecstatic to live in such a highly-identified country. In the first year of legalization of same-sex marriage, more than 45,000 same-sex couples announced marriage in Canada. However, according to Research Co.’s investigation, a quarter of Canadians object to Canadian same-sex marriage and even believe that same-sex marriage in Canada should not be legalized, 11% of Canadians remain neutral on this issue, and 64% of the respondents support same-sex marriage.

The Chinese discussion on same-sex marriage is relatively simple. Supporters

believe that homosexuals are also legal citizens and part of society. Prohibiting same-sex marriage is an infringement and prejudice against homosexuals. Same-sex marriage is a personal freedom, and it should not be restricted by the system. On the contrary, the law should support and protect same-sex marriage. Most opponents believe that same-sex marriage violates social morals and natural laws. They intuitively cannot accept same-sex marriage, and some people even hate homosexuals. They believe that if the traditional marriage ethics is denied, it will destroy the natural law of the match between men and women and multiply races, and essentially affect the harmony and satisfaction of traditional Chinese families. The consequences are unimaginable.

In short, Canadians’ recognition of same-sex marriage is much higher than that of Chinese. Due to different historical and cultural customs, there are still large differences in attitudes on same-sex marriage in different countries.

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