OTTAWA, August 27, 2003 ( – The federal government is asking the Supreme Court of Canada to reject out of hand an attempted appeal of the June 10 Ontario homosexual marriage ruling by a pro-family coalition.  The federal Justice Department argues that the Interfaith Coalition on Marriage and the Family, because it was merely an intervenor in the case, does not have the right to appeal.  The coalition includes the Ontario Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, the Islamic Society of North America and the Catholic Civil Rights League. Liberal MPs Derek Lee and John McKay, and Canadian Alliance justice critic Vic Toews, are supporting the appeal.  It is also reported that the Liberal Party’s youth wing, which strongly backs Paul Martin’s leadership bid, is lobbying dissident Liberal MPs to end their resistance and support homosexual marriage.  For newswire coverage: