OTTAWA, March 29, 2007 ( – Joe Comartin, NDP MP for Windsor-Tecumseh, proposed an amendment to legislation that would have lowered the legal age of consent for sodomy to sixteen, from the current Canadian legal age of 18.
  With legislation proposed by the government to raise the age of natural sex from its current 14 to 16, at the request of homosexual activists, Comartin proposed an amendment at the committee stage to “harmonize” the consent age for anal sex with that for vaginal sex; making it 16 for both. The amendment was also supported by Liberal party critic Marlene Jennings.

  Comartin’s position has taken a distinct swing from last fall when, as the NDP’s justice critic, he reportedly met with homosexual activists in Toronto to try to convince them to support bill C-22 to raise the age of consent for natural sexual relations.

  The amendment proposal was declared by Jennings to be impossible, however. Jennings told homosexual activists at the second day of public consultations by the justice committee, “We’ve been told that [amending the anal sex law] is outside the scope of the bill.”

  The committee chairman, Art Hanger, decided to disallow the Comartin amendment under rules preventing opposition parties from inserting unrelated clauses into a piece of legislation at the committee stage that would reverse or undermine the purpose of a bill. The provision of the criminal code dealing with anal sex, section 159, is not mentioned by Bill C-22.

  Homosexual lobbyists, EGALE Canada, the Canadian Federation For Sexual Health (formerly Planned Parenthood) and the Canadian AIDS Society had each spoken out against what they called the “unequal treatment” of gay sex as part of their presentations to the committee against the legislation’s original purpose.

  The law restricting sodomy to those over 18 carries a penalty of up to 10 years of prison, but has been ruled unconstitutional in Ontario and Quebec. Comartin complained that his amendment had been unfairly dismissed, saying he was prepared to argue that the provision for anal sex was within the scope of the bill.

  Comartin, who considers himself a Catholic, has been barred by his bishop, Ronald Fabbro of London, from continuing to give pre-marriage classes in his parish until he brings his beliefs on same-sex “marriage” and related issues into line with the teachings of the Church.

  To respectfully contact Joe Comartin
  Parliament Hill:
  713 Justice Building, House of Commons
  Ottawa, ON K1A OA6
  Fax: (613) 947-3448
  Tel: (613) 947-3445
  Email: [email protected]

  Constituency Office:
  1304B Lauzon Road
  Windsor, ON N8S 3N1
  Fax: (519) 988-0152
  Tel: (519) 988-1826

  Read related coverage:
  Canadian Catholic Bishop Disciplines Politician For Same-Sex Marriage Stance


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