Canadian MP allegedly assaulted over support for gay marriage

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Originally published on Advocate.com November 27 2003 1:00 AM ET

A weekend assault that left a Canadian member of parliament from the Liberal Party with cuts and bruises may have been the result of his support of same-sex marriage, the wife of his alleged attacker said on Monday. MP Andy Scott, former federal solicitor general who represents Fredericton, New Brunswick, was treated and released from a Fredericton hospital following the Saturday morning incident at his constituency office, the Canadian Press reports. Terry Curtis, 48, has elected trial by judge and jury on a charge of indictable assault and a charge of uttering threats of death or bodily harm. Curtis's wife, Corinne, said the incident was linked to the gay marriage issue. "[Terry] has Christian beliefs. He doesn't believe in homosexuality,'' she said to several reporters outside the courthouse where her husband was charged. "He's got nothing against them. I mean, they're human beings.''

Curtis said her husband went to Scott's constituency office to put up posters condemning same-sex marriages but figured the MP wouldn't be around on a Saturday morning. "He doesn't believe that it should be called a marriage when they join as a couple," she said. "They can do whatever they want. Just don't call it a marriage.'' Scott, meanwhile, headed the House of Commons justice committee that endorsed same-sex unions. Scott cast the tie-breaking vote in the committee's symbolic motion to accept an Ontario ruling that allows gay couples to marry.