Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Same-Sex Marriage Bill Introduced in Canada’s Parliament

Ladies and Gentlemen, the same-sex marriage bill has entered the building. Today, Justice Minister Irwin Cotler introduced the highly anticipated bill. If this bill passes, Canada will be only the third country in the world to legalize gay marriage.

The left-wing media is quick to point out that this bill provides protections for freedom of religion. They highlight the two carefully worded sections designed to protect clergy from being forced to perform marriages that go against their beliefs. Canada, do not believe for a minute that legalizing same-sex marriage will have no impact faith.

"No religious official will be forced to perform marriages that are contrary to their beliefs," Mr. Cotler said at a press conference in Ottawa.

“The freedom of religion is guaranteed," Prime Minister Paul Martin told reporters after a Liberal cabinet meeting.

"It is recognized that officials of religious groups are free to refuse to perform marriages that are not in accordance with their religious beliefs," the body of the bill reads.

The precedent has already been set on this subject with Scott Brockie a Toronto area printer. The circumstance was the same. Brockie maintained that his Christian beliefs compelled him to reject a request by the Canadian Gay and Lesbian Archives in 1996 to print materials for the group. The Toronto-based CGLA provides information about homosexuals and their history. He lost his case and was fined $5,000.00 on April 15, 2004 by the Ontario Human Rights Commision.

This liberal gay marriage bill is only the next battle in the war on religion.

3 Comments:

At 1:38 AM, Blogger Jon Olson said...

To quote one of my favorite commedians...

"Gay people have every right to be as unhappy in marriage as the rest of us"

LOL Just kidding, I love my wife.

I'm proud to be Canadian, I'm proud of this country and if the government wants to let gay couples tie the knot, more power to them.

Just my two pennies...

 
At 7:23 AM, Blogger selutha said...

your new neibors john and ... joe are going to be your happly married couple next door. ;)

If the goverment wants to reconize the marrage sure and fine, but if you want a religous marrage i think this infringes on some rights.

wonder how long it will take them to try to get this changed once it is passed?

"It is recognized that officials of religious groups are free to refuse to perform marriages that are not in accordance with their religious beliefs," the body of the bill reads.

Just remember that total freedom is Anarchy...

 
At 12:58 PM, Blogger darcey said...

I think I'll start my own church

 

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