Ottawa nixes same-sex marriage
Last Updated Wed Jun 9 08:12:14 1999
OTTAWA - In Canada, marriage is the union of a man and a woman. And it will stay that way, after the federal Liberals made the rare move of supporting an Opposition motion Tuesday night.
Justice Minister Anne McLellan lead the Liberal move to back the Reform Party motion, which called on Parliament ''to take all necessary steps to preserve this definition of marriage.''
The motion passed 216 to 55.
McLellan said the Liberals will retain the current definition as laws are amended to comply with recent court decisions expanding the rights of same-sex couples.
"The definition of marriage is already clear in law," she said during debate. "This government has no intention of changing the definition of marriage or legislating same-sex marriage.
"I fundamentally do not believe that it's necessary to change the definition of marriage to accommodate the equality issues around same-sex partners that now face us as Canadians."
Earlier Tuesday, NDP member Svend Robinson accused Reform of being homophobic.
216 to 55
And sven had the nerve to blame the reform
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