LifeSite Daily News - October 26, 1999


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HOMOSEXUAL ADOPTION ALLOWED BY PROPOSED ONTARIO LEGISLATION TORONTO, Oct 26 ( - A press release by the Office of the Attorney General yesterday states that Bill 5, introduced in the Ontario legislature yesterday, "provides same sex partners with the same rights and obligations as common law spouses." Those rights would include the right to adoption. As if it was a significant point, the Attorney General notes that, "the rights and obligations that are unique to married couples are not being extended to same sex partners." Lawyers contacted by LifeSite indicate that the only rights withheld from common-law couples as opposed to married couples deal with the separation of property at death or breakup, and such concerns which are relatively minor compared to adoption rights. Commenting on the bill, Peter Stock of the Canada Family Action Coalition told LifeSite "a spouse in everything but name is a spouse just the same." The Family Coalition Party of Ontario issued a press release on the bill saying that Premier Mike Harris has used the Supreme Court "to play Pontius Pilate" in washing his hands of the destruction of the traditional family in Ontario. He "chose 'the devil made me do it' classic defense of a politician with no moral fiber." "The usually fiscally conservative Harris government chose instead to force Ontarians to pay benefits to homosexual partnerships that have nothing to contribute to society's future growth and prosperity," said party leader Giuseppe Gori. He also pointed out that the bill "has created a double standard whereby close family members living together, but not engaged in a sexual relationship, are discriminated against on the basis of NOT having sex. Bill 5 is entitled, An Act to Amend Certain Statutes to Ensure Their Constitutionality Because of the Supreme Court of Canada Decision in M. v. H. For the press release from the Attorney General see:
UN MEETING ON KYOTO ENVIRONMENTALIST AGREEMENT BONN, Germany, Oct 26 ( - The United Nations convened its 5th conference on the Kyoto agreement, an agreement based on highly contested radical environmentalist theories attributing the earth's climate changes chiefly to human activity. WorldNetDaily reports today that the two-week meeting, the 5th Conference of the Parties (COP 5) to the Framework Convention on Climate Change, is expected to attract more than 5,000 delegates and observers from more than 150 of the world's 188 nations. In his report, author Henry Lamb points out that since the U.N. pronouncement in 1996, more than 18,000 scientists have signed a public statement calling into question the UN's basis for the Kyoto agreement. One of those scientists, "Dr. Bonner Cohen, publisher of EPA Watch, compares the policy requirements of the Kyoto Protocol to a doctor who prescribes chemotherapy to a patient, just in case a sneeze may lead to cancer, when it is not yet known whether or not the patient even has a cold." Last week the National Post reported that the Industry Table, one of 16 private-sector bodies that are providing advice to the federal government on how to implement the Kyoto agreement to curb greenhouse gas emissions, reported to the Canadian government that Ottawa's predictions that Kyoto will be fiscally beneficial or neutral are way off. Their report indicates that Canada will be forced to shut down three or four petroleum refineries, most of which employ 600 people each. For the WorldNetDaily piece see: For the report from the National Post see: For LifeSite reports on Kyoto see:
WANDERER CLARIFIES ROLE OF CARDINAL AT HOMOSEXUAL CONFERENCE CHICAGO, Oct 26 ( - Media reports of the appearance of Cardinal Francis George at the conference of the contentious National Association of Catholic Diocesan Lesbian & Gay Ministries failed to report his "surprising" intervention at the beginning of the conference. This week, the Wanderer, a US Catholic newspaper, reports that the cardinal gave an unscheduled address at the NACDLGM conference opening. For his decision not to cancel the conference, as had been requested by many faithful Catholics, the cardinal received a standing ovation as he approached the microphone. But the enthusiasm was severely dampened as he presented an orthodox message calling the organization to submit to the Church's teaching against homosexual sex. The cardinal said that the conference "could not be to criticize or mount a movement against" the Vatican's teaching, nor would it be "a gathering place for Dignity and others who are publicly opposed to Church teaching." He further stated that the "Church's teaching, the teaching of Jesus Christ, from Divine Revelation [is that] the gift of human sexuality is oriented toward uniting a man and woman in marriage for life, for their own unity in Christ and for the giving of new life to children." "That teaching," he said, "will not change because it cannot change, based as it is in faith and in human nature itself." "To deny that the power of God's grace enables homosexuals to live chastely is to deny, effectively, that Jesus has risen from the dead." The cardinal warned the NACDLGM members that the "organization is at a crossroads. You are without an Episcopal moderator ; when you ask for another, you will have to explain who you are and make clear your purpose and your goals in the church."
LIFESITE'S OTTAWA REPORT Liberal MP John McKay (Scarborough East), said in the House on October 18 that marriage is "a unique institution of great significance to many Canadians." He then suggested that the government "deconjugalize [registered domestic partnerships] so the state stays out of the bedrooms of the nation." In conjunction with this move, legislative entitlement and responsibility [would become] based on dependency rather than conjugality. Progressive Conservative family critic Diane St-Jacques, asked of the Justice Minister, "Can she guarantee that the message these recent decisions (dismissing child porn possession charges) are sending to predators is not encouraging them to continue their despicable behaviour?" The concept of pay equity used by the federal government today is equal pay for work of equal value rather than the pre-radical-feminist definition of equal pay for equal work. Female Reform MP Diane Ablonczy objected that the process of deciding what jobs are of "equal value" is arbitrary and, therefore, replaces equity with "arbitrary state intervention" such that "fairness can become what the government says is fair not what citizens agree is fair in free negotiations."
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