Nine of Ten Canadian Provinces to Accept Homosexual Marriage
OTTAWA, June 19, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Alberta is the only province to say that it would fight a federal law redefining marriage to include homosexual couples. Premiers from all other provinces indicated either support for Ottawa's decision or at least that they would abide by 'the law' and were unwilling to invoke the notwithstanding clause as Alberta Premier Ralph Klein suggested.
The Globe and Mail reports today that Ministers and Premiers in Saskatchewan, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland indicated they would not fight Ottawa's vow to change the definition of marriage.
Prince Edward Island Premier Pat Binns, a pro-lifer, said the province was "not above the law." Manitoba Premier Gary Doer told reporters, "We will implement the federal government's decision and we will do that fully." Like Binns, New Brunswick Premier Bernard Lord explained his personal beliefs in favour of the traditional definition of marriage but said he would not use the notwithstanding clause to protect the province from the upcoming federal legislation.
In related news, homosexual activists are back in court in British Columbia seeking to have the pro-homosexual marriage ruling issued there to be amended to be the same as Ontario's ruling in the matter. Whereas the B.C. ruling left time for the government to amend the law prior to dictating changes to the definition of marriage, the Ontario ruling redefined marriage by judicial fiat effective immediately.