In Response to "Pigs will be pigs" on May27, 2010.
The Dawson Creek Pride Society wouldlike to thank the Dawson Creek Daily Newsand Mr. Pitt for bringing the matter of theSaskatchewan marriage commissioners intopublic debate in his letter to the editor titled"Pigs will be pigs".
While there is only one vegetarian on ourboard, we do all admit that we enjoy pigs,specifically, bacon. We find it cruel andunusual that Mr. Pitt would choose to putpigs in dresses and makeup, and do not seewhere the comparison is to the rights of anyindividual (except for the fact that he has theright to put his pigs in whatever kind of dresshe chooses).
The legitimacy and legality of gay marriageis already established. Thanks to thisdebate, our board has adopted the stancethat we agree with the rights of an individualto religious freedoms and therefore agreethat no one (including a marriage commissioner)should be forced to act in such away that may compromise those beliefs.
Neither of these freedoms should eversupersede the other and are basic rightsthat come with living in Canada. Thesesame rights are upheld by the judicial system,which does in fact make it very importantwhat the courts say.
That said it should be emphasized thata marriage commissioner is an appointeeof the government and not in a religiousposition so while we sympathize with thepotential conflict they may have, a commissioneris doing the job of the governmentregardless of his or her personalopinions.
In conclusion, we look forward to the rulingin Saskatchewan and while we appreciatethe right to an individual's opinion, wefind Mr. Pitt's reference to pigs tasteless andoffensive, and are saddened that in this dayand age The Dawson Creek Daily News,despite its reserved right to refuse so, choseto print such a disrespectful letter.
Tim Mottishaw,on behalf of the Dawson Creek Pride Society