OTTAWA, August 12, 2003 ( – Faced with unrelenting pressure, even from within Party ranks, the Liberal Government is reconsidering its rush into homosexual ‘marriage’. In what appears to have been a planned leaks a “senior government official” floated the idea of adding to the reference to the Supreme Court a question asking if legalizing homosexual “civil unions” rather than “civil marriage” would satisfy.  Stan Keyes, Liberal caucus chair and noted supporter of Prime-Minister-in-waiting Paul Martin, explained, “To my way of thinking, wouldn’t it be more acceptable (to) Canadian society to say, as lawmakers, that we are going to call it a civil union?”  However, pro-family groups have noted that giving homosexual unions equivalent to marriage status will still erode family life.  “Marriage is the building block of society and as such it deserves special recognition from society, if that recognition is conferred on homosexual unions the support for marriage diminishes and society fails in its duty to support its most basic element,” said Brian Rushfeldt, Executive Director of Canada Family Action Coalition.  The Vatican’s latest document on the issue also spells out that not only homosexual “marriages” but also homosexual “unions” must be opposed.  The document says, “When legislation in favour of the recognition of homosexual unions is proposed for the first time in a legislative assembly, the Catholic law-maker has a moral duty to express his opposition clearly and publicly and to vote against it. To vote in favour of a law so harmful to the common good is gravely immoral.”  See the New Vatican Document on Homosexual Unions:   See the Toronto Star coverage of the proposed substitution: