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The institution of the family as we know it in our society is dying There are several trends that are occurring throughout the family and society that have destroyed what we relate to as the traditional family An increase in homosexuality and same-sex relationships has resulted in families with two mothers or two fathers instead of the traditional nuclear mother-father families of the past Another trend the increasing amount of women in the work force has changed the defining roles and functions of family members A third trend is the increase in divorce and separation which has resulted in many lone parent families as well as many stepfamilies Another trend is the increase in open adoption in the last few years This has resulted in a very non-traditional family where a child grows up having two sets of parents One last trend but certainly not all of them is the increase in common law relationships which has in turn led to a decrease in marriage Society has become more accepting and tolerant of differences in people and in the way people chose to live their lives Governments are focusing more and more on freedom of rights and non-discrimination As a result of this people feel more at ease practicing a homosexual lifestyle Many people who are in a same-sex relationship are living together and would like to get married Yet in Canada same-sex marriages are still illegal A survey done by the Environics Research Group in April and June 2001 shows the rapidly increasing support for same-sex marriages in Canada In April the survey showed 55 of Canadians were in support of same-sex marriages In June only two months later the survey showed that 65 of Canadians were in support of same-sex marriages In only two months the support went up by 10 Holloway Individuals and Families in a Diverse Society p 232 In Alberta and Nova Scotia same-sex couples are now legally
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