Shall we look to Abraham, the great patriarch, who slept with his servant when he discovered his beloved wife Sarah was infertile?
House of Commons[ edit ] Result of the third and final reading of Bill C in the House of Commons February 1, - Cotler introduces the bill and the House grants first reading.
Accordingly, it is designated Bill C and published. February 2, - Conservative support for the bill doubles to four MPs as former Progressive Conservatives Jim Prentice and Gerald Keddy announce they will vote in favour.
Belinda Stronach who later became a Liberal cabinet minister and James Moore were already on record as being in favour. February 8, - The Calgary -based Canada Family Action Coalition  seeks to boycott Famous Players Theatres because of a ten-second ad that urged moviegoers to contact their MPs to say they support same-sex marriage.
They refused to buy an ad when they learn it was paid for by Salah Bachir on behalf of Canadians for Equal Marriage. May 4, - Bill C passes second reading in the House of Commons with a final vote of for. May 5, - Bill C has its 1st special legislative committee meeting to study the bill, to listen from witnesses both against and for the bill, as well as propose amendments.
May 19, - Paul Martin's minority government survives a close motion of confidence ; with the Liberals still in power and Stephen Harper's Conservatives hinting that they'll back off future votes of non-confidence.
Bill C showed a strong promise of being made law after a 3rd reading and vote sometime before Parliament adjourns for the summer as the Prime Minister indicated MPs may sit in the summer, and the Senate would deal with the bill in July.
June 15, - Paul Martin's minority government survives no fewer than 16 confidence votes in the House of Commons.
A defeat on any of them would have forced an election. But in the end, there was no repeat of the single-vote squeaker win of May The closest vote passed to ; Gurmant Grewal is on stress leave over the tape scandal, two other conservative MPs are sick with cancer, and Thibault from the BQ is away due to the passing away of her father.
The Tories seem themselves to not be wanting an election now, either. June 15, - It is appearing less likely the bill will be out of 3rd reading stage by the time MPs recess from the summer on June 23 unless sittings area extended due to Conservatives stalling the budget bill Cand the Government wants to deal with C before C The Government can invoke closure and force a vote on C immediately, but it seems unlikely to happen since even the Liberal Government has disgruntled MPs against C that want more debate now that the committee has reported.
Weeks ago, Pat O'Brien left the Liberal caucus over the same-sex marriage legislation, that he felt was being rushed through the Commons. Cotler says the Government is where they expected to be which is now at Report Stage and that although he wants to see the legislation passed by the summer, he's only the Minister of Justice.
June 16, - The special legislative committee studying C reported back to the House of Commons, with an amendment designed to help further protect religious officials who are against performing a same-sex marriage, and that those opposed to same-sex marriage should be able to speak their mind.
Another amendment will be finalized soon that protects religious officials from losing their charitable tax status. June 23, - Traditionally, it is around this date that the House of Commons closes. The same night, the budget bill Bill C passes after a late night snap vote is called, ending the threat by Bill C opponents to derail the bill by defeating the budget thereby bringing down the government and forcing a general election.
June 27, - A late night motion for time allocation is passed to limiting further debate on Bill C to nine hours: The sitting, which extended until the early morning hours of the next day, ends with a series of votes on proposed amendments in which nine amendments proposed by same-sex marriage opponents are defeated.
The report is then concurred in. This closes the amendment stage and frees the House to begin final debate on third reading. June 28, - Bill C passes its final reading a few minutes after Liberal cabinet ministers were ordered by Prime Minister Paul Martin to vote for the legislation, while it remained a free vote for Liberal backbench MPs.
Joe Comuzzia traditional opponent of same-sex marriage, resigned from Cabinet and voted against the bill.
Conservative Leader Stephen Harper made a controversial claim that "the law lacks legitimacy because it passed [only] with the support of the separatist Bloc party", and a majority of the federalist side was against. She later lost her riding association 's nomination for the riding of Churchill.
The Bloc and the Conservatives declared C a free vote. July 4, — The debate on second reading begins with Senator Serge Joyal as mover of the bill.
Germain argues against the bill and Senator Jack Austin concludes the first day of debate arguing for the bill's adoption. July 5, — Debate on second reading continued, although the actual debate occurred only for a few minutes.
This was then followed by a long and heated debate on whether to invoke closure rather than on the main bill.Assembly accepts a report saying ministers should not be denied the authority to preside over gay weddings. Gay marriage legalization is correlated with lower divorce rates, while gay marriage bans are correlated with higher divorce rates.
Massachusetts, which became the first US state to legalize gay marriage in , had the lowest divorce rate in the country in The Supreme Court ruling earlier this year legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide has continued to raise questions about how the decision will affect religious groups – especially those that remain opposed to allowing gay and lesbian couples to wed.
The court’s ruling makes clear that clergy. The Civil Marriage Act (full title: An Act respecting certain aspects of legal capacity for marriage for civil purposes) (the Act) was legislation legalizing same-sex marriage across Canada. At the time the bill became law, same-sex marriage had already been legalized by court decisions in all Canadian provinces except Alberta and Prince Edward Island, as well as in the territories of Nunavut.
Same-sex marriage in Canada was progressively introduced in several provinces by court decisions beginning in before being legally recognized nationwide with the enactment of the Civil Marriage Act on July 20, On June 10, , the Court of Appeal for Ontario issued a decision immediately legalizing same-sex marriage in Ontario, thereby becoming the first province where it was legal.
If Christians are to support same-sex marriage, they should do so by way of intellectual honesty and acknowledge their abandonment of biblical authority.