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Week of December 18, 2006
We will continue to fight, say opponents of same-sex marriage
Commons' vote will not alter Church's resolve – Gaumond
By DEBORAH GYAPONG
"We face the same challenges as the first Christians."
"I don't see reopening this question in the future."
Harper also said he had no plans for legislation to protect religious freedom. "If there ever were a time in the future where fundamental freedoms were threatened, of course the government would respond to protect them."
The new Liberal Leader Stephane Dion said the marriage debate would be "officially over" if he became prime minister.
He painted opponents of same-sex marriage as anti-Charter and anti human rights, though he did allow a free vote after musing about "whipping" or forcing the Liberal caucus to vote against the motion. The Bloc Quebecois and New Democratic MPs were forced to vote against it.
The CCCB called for all political leaders to protect the right of MPs to vote their conscience on moral issues.
The CCCB joins many other groups that maintain the debate is not over, including the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, the Canadian Family Action Coalition, and the Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF).
"We face the same challenges as the first Christians," COLF director Michele Boulva said in an interview Dec. 11. "We need to roll up our sleeves and present to the world the extraordinary vision of marriage that we have as Catholics."
Phil Horgan, president of the Catholic Civil Rights League, noted the "gay rights agenda" has a marginalizing effect on people and institutions who disagree with it.
Former Liberal MP Pat O'Brien told journalists that supporters of traditional marriage will continue to ask candidates where they stand on the issue.
Marriage could come up again in the form of a private member's bill, he said.
Thirteen Liberal MPs voted in favour of the motion, down from 36 who voted against same-sex marriage Bill C-38 in 2005. Thirteen Tories, including six cabinet ministers, voted against it.
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