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Week of May 12, 2003
Same-sex ruling distresses bishops
By ART BABYCH
the court "seems to have taken a cavalier notion" on the issue of same-sex marriage.
- Msgr. Peter Schonenbach
But Schonenbach said the court "seems to have taken a cavalier notion" on the issue of same-sex marriage. "Any court of law would realize that there is a fairly good body of opinion - and not only Christians - who think differently," he said. "I suspect the silent majority is on the traditional side."
Vic Toews, the justice critic for the Canadian Alliance party, said defining marriage is not a constitutional or legal issue but a social policy decision up to Parliament to make.
The courts are "exercising authority that was never granted to them under the Constitution for, I think, very good social policy reasons," he told CCN.
"Parliament spoke on this issue in 1999, when it overwhelmingly stated that marriage is an institution between one man and one woman and that Parliament will take all necessary steps to defend that legislation."
Justice Minister Martin Cauchon said no decision has been made whether to appeal the B.C. court's ruling.
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