By Terry Vanderheyden

OTTAWA, April 6, 2006 ( – Conservative Justice Minister Vic Toews said an election promise by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to hold a free vote on same-sex “marriage” in parliament will be held “sooner rather than later.” According to a report, no action is expected, however, until at least this fall.

After the Liberals passed the same-sex “marriage” law last June, Harper commented: “I don’t think Canadians will see this as a legitimate way to settle this debate, and so this will be an issue for some Canadians in the next election,” as reported by the CBC.

“There will be a chance to revisit this in a future Parliament,” he added, according to Canadian Press coverage. “Our intention is to have a free vote.”

“Undermining the traditional definition of marriage is an assault on the beliefs of virtually all cultural and religious communities who have come to this country,” Harper said at a pro-marriage rally he attended in Ottawa last April. “It is an assault on multiculturalism in any serious sense of the word.”

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