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Parliament should not allow gay marriages (The Kitchener-Waterloo Record)

The Kitchener-Waterloo Record
July 18, 2002

Hank Jager 

Parliament should not allow gay marriages

"For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh." This biblical verse follows the statement that Adam made after God gave him a wife.


Parliament had debated for two days whether to include "sexual orientation" in Section 15 of the Charter of Rights, and decided 125 to 2 against it precisely because the legislature represented the people of Canada. But in the 1982 Constitution Act, Parliament, with Pierre Trudeau as prime minister, foolishly gave the unelected judiciary the potential to alter laws passed by Parliament.

We have Section 33, the Notwithstanding Clause. But as Senator Anne Cools has said, the problem is not solely judicial activism. It is also, in her words, "cowardice in the House of Commons."