NewsFri Dec 8, 2006 - 12:15 pm EST
The Battle for Marriage Will Continue Vow Canadian Pro-Marriage Groups
By John-Henry Westen
OTTAWA, December 8, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Reacting to the vote in the House of Commons today on reopening the marriage debate, pro-marriage groups vowed to fight on to restore the traditional definition of marriage. Canada’s Conservative government’s motion to re-open the debate on same-sex marriage was defeated in part due to its awkward wording forcing those who would choose to open the debate to affirm already existing homosexual ‘marriages’.
The nation’s major groups in favour of marriage were unanimous in their determination to restore the traditional definition of marriage.
“The Battle’s not over, there will be an election in the [sic] soon and fortunately we live in a democratic country where people can make this an issue. The goal is to elect men and women who share our values,” Pat O’Brien, former Liberal Member of Parliament and spokesman for Vote Marriage Canada told LifeSiteNews.com.
Brian Rushfeldt, Executive Director of the Canada Family Action Coalition commented, “The marriage issue must be re-opened regardless of the vote. A study to expose the impact upon children and society of the Liberal redefinition of marriage and the attempt to normalize homosexual behavior has to be done, regardless of this vote.”
“Canadians have been lulled into acceptance of same-sex marriage by interventionist courts, biased national media and unscrupulous politicians,” said William Gairdner of Enshrine Marriage Canada, “helping them out of this situation is going to require concerted effort by Canadians of good will coast to coast to coast.”
“The issue remains an important one, and one that will continue to emerge in many contexts,” said Catholic Civil Rights League President Phil Horgan. “The League will continue to express its support for traditional marriage in our work with Parliament, courts and the media, and we will continue to help those who find themselves penalized for the peaceful expression views on marriage that were considered mainstream until only a decade ago, and that continue to be the norm in most of the Western world.”
REAL Women Canada is suggesting a referendum on the matter. “Since the Canadian public has been denied a voice on the issue of same-sex marriage, a very persuasive argument can be made for a referendum on the same-sex marriage issue, said REAL Women’s Gwen Landolt.
Jim Hughes, National President of Campaign Life Coalition Canada said, “The battle for the right of the traditional family, like the battle for the rights of the unborn Canadian children will continue.”