Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of October 9, 2006
Re-open same-sex marriage debate
Faith Coalition for Natural Marriage sound children's rights alarm
By RAMON GONZALEZ
Fr. Paul Moret
"When it comes to same-sex marriage, it seems that the wants of adults have overweighed the rights of the children."
The priest said it is essential that the government consider the rights of children "because they are the most vulnerable in our society and the ones least able to defend their own rights. It is the responsibility of those in power to protect those who are least able to protect themselves."
Terrance Chan, pastor of Edmonton Chinese Pastoral Fellowship, read a statement from the coalition calling upon Canada's elected leaders "to promote the best interests of children in society as a whole by reopening the debate on marriage in this country."
"Nations such as France and Australia have seriously and compassionately reviewed the issue and have chosen not to redefine marriage to include same sex couples," Chan noted.
Calling the legislation that approved gay marriage in Canada a " rushed and misguided effort," Chan said it is the duty of Canada's elected officials and policy makers to become fully informed and consider seriously the wisdom of other modern democratic states.
"Now is the time to put a halt to and reverse the dangerous and unsubstantiated social reengineering that is taking place before it results in irreparable damage to our society," he said.
Michael Cooper, a 22-year-old law student at the University of Alberta, said Canada must say "no" to gay marriage for the sake of children. "Make no mistake about it: contrary to the audacious claims of some, this radical social experiment doesn't come without costs and the biggest burden of those costs fall on our society's most precious resource - our children," he said.
Alberta Conservative leadership contender Ted Morton, a constitutional expert, agreed the federal government should consider the needs of children in any same-sex marriage debate. He said the Tories should strike up a parliamentary committee to study the impact that same-sex marriage has on children.
"The evidence is absolutely overwhelming that same-sex marriage is not a basic human right, but rather it's a social experiment," he said.
Lisa Eriksson who was present at the press conference said, "(Gay) couples have the freedom to do as they wish, but to define (their unions) as marriage undercuts the fabric of our society."
Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government has already signalled it plans to reopen the debate at the end of the current session of Parliament.
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