OTTAWA, Feb 29 ( – The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) is to appear before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights on Thursday, March 2 at 3:30 p.m. to make a presentation on Bill C-23.  The omnibus legislation threatens to remove the legal uniqueness of marriage by conferring the same benefits on practicing homosexual couples.  The CCCB will likely ask the committee to amend the bill to enshrine in law the traditional definition of marriage as the union of a man and a woman and to extend benefits to couples based on economic dependency rather than sexual activity.

Writing on the M vs. H decision which heralded the bill, Cardinal Ambrozic, Archbishop of Toronto wrote: “It is to be hoped that in coming to grips with the decision of the Court in M v. H, the Government of Ontario will reassert the primacy of the traditional understanding of marriage and family, but will at the same time ensure that other domestic relationships of economic interdependency are addressed.”

See Cardinal Ambrozic’s May 20th letter.