Canadian Liberals endorse same-sex marriage, hostile to opposing views
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- The Liberal Party of Canada endorsed same-sex marriage at its policy convention this weekend. The non-binding endorsement, which is in line with the minority Liberal government's intention to legalize same-sex marriage by June, came as no surprise.

However, the few Liberals who stood up to defend traditional marriage faced boos and open hostility, reported Canadian Press.

While politicians debated the issue at an Ottawa convention center, supporters of traditional marriage held a small rally outside, led by Charles McVety, president of Canada Christian College.

McVety told CP that Cabinet ministers, like Immigration Minister Joe Volpe, Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan and Natural Resources Minister John Efford, garnered votes with promises to protect traditional marriage. But once they got into office, they took the easy way out and betrayed voters’ trust, he said.

McVety was also angered by convention buttons, issued by the party’s youth wing, that read, “It’s the Charter, Stupid.” The slogan was reportedly intended to focus the same-sex marriage debate on equality rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, but it offended people on both sides of the debate.

The Defend Marriage Coalition launched a video and ad campaign Saturday, attacking these ministers for having lied about their intention to protect traditional marriage. However, the politicians used the media attention to advance the government's position.

Liberal MP Paul Szabo of Toronto seemed not very concerned about the non-binding endorsement, suggesting that it was based on a simplistic notion of protecting equality rights, reported CP.

More than 3,000 same-sex couples have been married in eight of Canada’s provinces and territories since 2003.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google

Featured Videos

Little Sisters of the Poor press conference in Denver
Little Sisters of the Poor press conference in Denver
Family thrilled to see Pope Francis in Istanbul
Syrian Refugee, Sara, 14, Before Meeting Pope
Ebola orphans thousands of children in West Africa
One year after Haiyan: Philippines rebuilds homes, lives
An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea

Liturgical Calendar

December 18, 2014

Advent Weekday

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 21:23-27


Daily Readings

First Reading:: Jer 23: 5-8
Gospel:: Mt 1: 18-25

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »


Homily of the Day

Mt 21:23-27