TORONTO, June 11, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The three judges who yesterday ruled in favour of homosexual ‘marriage’ have demonstrated political activism rather than sound judgement, says Gwen Landolt, National Vice President of REAL Women Canada. Ontario Court of Appeal Chief Justice Roy McMurtry issued the ruling along with Justice Eileen Gillese and Justice James MacPherson. Justice McMurtry, came to the bench as a politician, not a practicing judge or even lawyer. McMurtry was the Attorney General in the Bill Davis government and a key player in entrenching the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. “He’s no judge and no lawyer, just a politician playing games,” Landolt told LifeSite. Justice Gillese had a reputation as a “radical feminist” as Dean of Law at the University of Western Ontario. Gillese was one of the first women to be awarded a Rhodes Scholarship. Justice MacPherson is a former Dean of Law at Osgoode Hall Law School – a school known for its strident liberalism. Landolt told LifeSite that the “judges come to the bench with their own political and ideological axes to grind, and make their decisions accordingly.” Landolt explained that the Charter of Rights and Freedoms equality provisions, on which the justices of the Appeals Court of Ontario based their decision to legalize homosexual ‘marriage’, specifically excluded ‘sexual orientation’ from the prohibited grounds of discrimination when they were drawn up twenty years ago. Nevertheless, in 1995, the Supreme Court arbitrarily and arrogantly “read-in” the term into the document.
Thus, the judges of the Ontario Appeals Court ruling made new law based on a previous court decision that violated an explicit omission by Canada’s elected representatives when they drafted the Charter. “This decision would be laughable if it were not so tragic,” concluded Landolt.