The same financial benefits that apply to man-woman marriages apply to same-sex marriages. The Prime Minister talked about rights and freedoms of Canadians, yet is the first to attack individuals who support the traditional definition of marriage as being religious zealots.
Same-sex marriage trivializes and therefore weakens the institution of heterosexual marriage. It is not the role of the state to choose whose relationship is right and whose relationship is wrong, who has the right to love whom and who does not.
I would further like to table a same sex marriage pros and cons debates in Welland signed by some 42 residents of Toronto calling upon the government to withdraw Mr. Johns in Winnipeg and a minister of the crown, serving as the minister for culture, heritage, recreation, status of women and multiculturalism, we debated the Manitoba human rights legislation.
The burden of proof as to why Canadian society should be so changed surely lies with those advocating the change. As have many members of the House, I have received thousands of e-mails, faxes, letters, and telephone calls on both sides of issue.
With regard to Social Development Canada's Social Development Partnerships Program SDPP, since its introduction: a what is the total amount of SDPP funding that has been allocated to Nova Scotia in comparison with other provinces and territories; b by fiscal year, what is the percentage of total national funding that has been allocated to Nova Scotia; c how many applications for SDPP funding have been received from Nova Scotia organizations; and d how many of these applications have been approved?
But, he adds, "it is not the norm. There are 1, benefits, rights and protections available to married couples in federal law alone, according to a General Accounting Office assessment made in Opponents of same sex marriage may argue that it is important for children to have a father and mother for a balanced upbringing.
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Will religious leaders be forced to set aside their beliefs or even face persecution if they refuse to perform same sex marriages? They too ask that Parliament maintain the current legal definition of marriage as the voluntary union of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others.
Speaker, I have the honour today to present two petitions, one with over names on it from people in my riding of Simcoe—Grey. Society is not bound to treat all relationships equally.