It's no secret
that gay rights activists across Canada are vowing to do
everything in their power to defeat prime ministerial
candidate Stephen Harper and his Conservative Party
from coming into power. But Harper--who has made
plenty of antigay comments as Election Day
nears--appears to be gaining little ground over
the issue with Conservative voters, the Canadian Press
news service reported Tuesday.
"I'm from Alberta
originally, and my family is there,'' Doug Kerr, 38,
told a reporter recently as he drank coffee with friends in
Toronto's gay neighborhood. "They're Conservative
[supporters], but they're pro-same-sex
marriage. I think they're having second thoughts about
Harper,'' since he raised the issue, said Kerr, who works as
a manager in the nonprofit sector. "There are more
important issues in Canada, and it's a real shame that
it had to be raised. It may have lost him votes.''
On November 29,
Harper created a firestorm by saying that if elected as
prime minister, he would put a proposal on the ballot to
define marriage as the union of a man and a
woman. "The initial [reaction] was total paranoia in
my circles,'' Michael Hendricks, a gay rights activist
from Montreal, told the news service. "Somebody finally had
the intelligent idea to remember that Harper isn't
elected yet. That seemed to secure everybody. They
quieted down, and the subject hasn't come up again.
Just that one shot.''
experts say its unlikely that a government could repeal
marriage rights for same-sex couples. (Advocate.com)