By John-Henry Westen

Stephen HarperOTTAWA, November 29, 2005 ( – In a press gallery scrum this morning, the first official day of Election 2006, Conservative Leader Stephen Harper said that if elected, the Conservative Party would revisit the controversial legislation on homosexual marriage.Â

Harper said he would first bring forward a motion (a propsal that a law be enacted) on the traditional definition of marriage. He stressed that there would beÂa free vote on the matter,Âincluding a free vote for cabinet ministers.Â

The free vote for cabinet ministers is significant since during the vote on the homosexual ‘marriage’ legislation, the Liberal Government under Prime Minister Paul Martin claimed to allow a free vote on the matter but refused to allow cabinet ministers to vote in favour of traditional marriage.

Harper noted that if the marriage motion passes, a Conservative government would put forward legislation to define the traditional definition of marriage in law.

He added, however, that homosexual couples already “married” under current legislation would retain their status.

Harper spokesman, Carolyn Stewart Olsen told that the “comment was made to say we’re keeping our pledge as he had promised.”Â


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