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MONTREAL, Sept 15 (LSN) – Gay rights legal crusader Stephane Gendron has begun another attempt at overturning Canadian marriage law. Having failed with an earlier attempt last January when the homosexual couple dropped out of the case, Grendon will now defend Michael Hendricks a well-known gay rights activist in Montreal and his homosexual partner Rene Leboeuf.  On Monday Hendricks and Leboeuf accompanied by Grendon staged a trip to a Quebec courthouse for a marriage licence knowing their demand would be turned down before news cameras. The Canadian Press reported that their outrageous request was rejected at the Quebec Superior Court due to the Quebec Civil Code’s requirement that marriage be between a man and woman.  Grendon filed an already prepared challenge to the law which shows that he intends to argue that Quebec law is discriminatory and that the federal government must overturn it as a violation of the Charter of Rights.  To counter these disturbing developments, Liberal MP Tom Wappel has drafted a bill to enshrine in law a traditional definition of marriage. The Private Member’s Bill (C-225) will be debated this fall and Mr.  Wappel is urging all concerned Canadians to contact him for a petition and for more information.  House of Commons phone: (613) 995-0284 House of Commons fax: (613) 996-6309   Scarborough (riding) office:  483 Kennedy Road Scarborough, ON M1K 2B1 phone: (416) 261-8613

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