The committee gathered submissions from lawyersreligious and social service groupswith particular consternation regarding provisions in the bill allowing civil celebrants to refuse to officiate at same-sex marriages. What of the law in those provinces where the courts have already ruled very clearly, absolutely unequivocally, that the so-called traditional definition of marriage is contrary to charter equality rights?
However the reality is that this debate is important to all of us, leaders debate australia same sex marriage in Elgin generations, both sexes, across the country. They are quite prepared to declare legal, acts that have been declared illegal in writing in the Criminal Code of Canada with the stroke of a judicial pen.
Many members have suggested that deciding upon whether or not to change the definition of marriage is difficult; it involves issue of personal conscience, religion and the views of our constituents as well as perceptions of the traditions and institutions of our society. It also called for penalties for illegal sexual conduct to be equalized for both homosexual and heterosexual acts.
Canada has already shown such wisdom in the past, under Brian Mulroney.
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We want to get some indication from the member about these concerns as we approach the vote and what may happen in terms of the bill going forward to the committee where we would have an opportunity to look at some amendments to reflect what is going on in the community.
Archived from the original on 22 December By suggesting that Parliament should decide, the Supreme Court made an implicit statement about the difference between rights and recognition, namely, that courts exist to protect and uphold the rights of groups and individuals and Parliament exists to express the national will regarding how those rights will be enshrined in legislation and recognized.
I believe that compromise position is reflected in what the Leader of the Opposition has put forward in recognizing all the rights and benefits of marriage for same sex couples in recognized unions. Paul Harold Macklin: Madam Speaker, the hon.
Hopefully, we will have some enlightenment from him. Is it his intent as parliamentary secretary to do away with relationships that previously prevented marriages of a man and a woman? The Chinese had been disenfranchised.