Same Sex Marriages (Canada)

A motion to reopen the same sex marriage debate was defeated in parliament Thursday by a vote of 175-123. The Liberals and Conservatives allowed their members to vote freely.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper had promised a free vote during the January general election campaign. He promised this would settle the matter and the vote would put an end to parliamentary wrangling about same sex marriage.

Same-sex marriage became legal in Canada last year when the Liberal government passed Bill C-38 in response to a series of court rulings that said gays had the right to marry. The bill passed 158-133.

Charles McVety, head of the conservative Canada Family Action Coalition which is opposed to same-sex marriage, said his group will not give up the fight.

“The people of Canada are not going to let this go, because marriage is too important an institution to just let it evaporate because of the emotions of a few people in Parliament,” he told a news conference.


Man you would think they have better things to debate than to rehash this. 😐


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  1. This is one of the incongruities of democracy, a way to divide a country. If 158 voted against and 123 voted for that means 56.23% of the population are against 43.77%, a difference which speaks for itself. Homosexuals in the Netherlands are not that 43.77%, of course, but it means a large slice of the population cake are tolerant, whilst the others seem to hold conservative views on this important aspect of the societal behaviour.

    Obsolete principles which are contrary to scientifical discoveries. Stubbornness against progress. And above all ignorance of the principles on which our democratic system is based.

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