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I want to comment on the article "Samlingi Vivah Teh Punjabi Lok" regarding gay marriage and the possible re-opening of the case by the Canadian parliament.
There are 2 issues here one involving mis-reporting by the Punjabi newspapers and a second to do with the hypocritical attitude of Punjabi`s with regard to human rights.
The first issue involves the change to the facts of the original story. Originally this was a report on 3 Punjabi M.P`s voting in favour of re-opening the case for gay marriage to allow for re-examination of the information presented during the original case and a re-consideration of the possible validity of that evidence.
The Punjabi newspapers managed (conveniently) to mis-report this as having 3 Punjabi M.P`s express there agreement with gay marriage. This is taking literary licence to the point of direct lies. I believe that every punjabi(including newspaper people) in Canada is able to understand english, par fer v jaan boojh ke jooth likhan/bolan dee aadat hai eh punjabi aakhbaran waaliya noo, ina dee neeyat theek nai hai, sochdey aa kee masala lagake likhoogey ta lokan no padkaa sakdey aa te gay/lesbians dey viroodh kar sakdey aa te becharey gay/lesbians noo kalankeet kardey aa.. thodee sharam aanee chahidee aa ina lokan noo...
For the second issue we need to look at the fairly common practice of Punjabi`s in Canada marrying their own cousins (maamey, chaachey, taayey deeya kudiya te mundey) & other close blood relatives to get them residency in Canada under the very positive Canadian Charter of Rights which allows for spouses to join their Canadian resident partners. Clearly this is a highly-questionable practice but which Punjabi`s in general are prepared to turn a blind eye to.
However, when it comes to claims for the acceptance and legalisation of same sex marriage under this same Canadian Charter of Rights, Punjabi`s raise their voices in protest. At least same sex marriage is open about what it wants and does not use any underhand and fundamentally illegal practices to take advantage of those rights that the Canadian Charter enshrines. I detest this kind of hypocrisy.
I know a lot of punjabi gays/lesbians back in punjab & most of them are sikhs but they are too scared to come out, I believe they all will end up marrying which is Oh My God, I mean comeon people if you know you are a gay/lesbian and you still want to marry just for the desire to make your family happy, its nothing but being selfish and willing to live a life based on lies and hypocrisy, I would resent this kind of living.
Nanak created everybody equal & everyone has the right to live happily without being discriminated & categorised into gay/lesbian/straight/bisexual. I don`t understand the reason as to why we have to label people? I just dont get it as to why people make such a big issue about somone`s sexuality. After all its just a damn sexuality and nothing else, we all have red blood, two eyes, one nose, two arms etc so whats the damn difference? Why people have to be so judgemental and prejudiced, I just dont understand it and I probably never will.
Punjabi newspaper people need to get a life seriously, I mean for publishing trivial and untrue facts. I honestly don` t give a dead rats arse to what other people think of my boyfriend and me, people can call me names, throw stones at me or whatever but I will never lower myself to their level as I guess I have more to life than them, but it just makes me sad that some punjabi people living outside punjab are still so narrow minded, backward and selfish.
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