A survey of
Canadian lawmakers by TheGlobe and Mail newspaper suggests that same-sex
marriage will survive in Canada despite the new Conservative
government's promised vote to repeal it.
TheGlobe and Mail found that 153 of Canada's 308
members of parliament either voted in favor of same-sex
marriage last year or have promised to do so if the issue
comes up again. Meanwhile, 136 oppose equal marriage
rights for same-sex couples, and 19 are either
undecided, won't state their opinion, or plan to poll their
constituents before voting. That means virtually all the
undecideds would have to vote against same-sex
marriage for a repeal to succeed.
The newspaper survey follows the January 23
election of a minority Conservative government led by
Stephen Harper. Conservatives have been vigorous
opponents of same-sex marriage, and Harper promised during
the recent election campaign that if elected, he would
introduce a motion in the House of Commons to reopen
Harper's plan has been roundly criticized by
constitutional law experts who say that a new ban on
same-sex marriage would create legal chaos because the
law would conflict with regional court decisions affirming
equal marriage rights. Some news reports have suggested that
Harper himself secretly hopes to lose the vote. He has
been working hard recently to distance himself from
the party's socially conservative base in hopes of
earning enough mainstream support to win a majority
government in the next election. (Heather Kitching, Sirius
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