March 3, 2002
Emotional senator fights for same-sex marriages
The tradition of same-sex marriages dates back to early Christianity, the Senate was told Thursday. And when matrimony became exclusive to heterosexuals, the church went along with it because it wanted to oppress women.
In an emotional speech, Liberal Senator Laurier LaPierre strongly denounced a proposed private member's bill that would limit marriage to heterosexual couples, calling it discriminatory and in contravention of the Charter of Rights.
LaPierre refused to take questions at the end of his speech from Liberal Senator Anne Cools, the sponsor of the bill, saying he was too emotional to deal with them.
When Cools in June 2001 introduced her bill to the Senate "to remove certain doubts regarding the meaning of marriage," she said all major religions uphold marriage as between man and woman.