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Agh! You’re still here? My new site and weblog, is now up and running; new posts are building up over there, never to be mirrored here. Go! What are you waiting for? All the stuff worth keeping has been migrated over to the new server, and I don’t anticipate making any more posts here.

Bloggers and webmasters: Update your links! Simply replace with in your blogrolls or bookmarks to point to the new site. Old posts will remain on this server for as long as the people at Blogger/Google allow them to remain; unfortunately, I’m not going to bother to come up with any way of converting permalinks on this blog to their corresponding posts on the new site. Yes, I plead laziness. I also realize the irony of switching away from Blogger just it starts to add features that the demanding blog nerds insist upon.

Thanks for reading and linking, and see you over at!

—Ian King, December 13, 2004

Wednesday, August 07, 2002

Slightly less gutless...

Ottawa to study gay marriage ban

"We want to have a committee to consult Canadians and experts on the matter," said [Canadian Prime Minister Jean] Chr├ętien.

Well, Jean, will you perhaps get this out of the way, one way or another, before the two years that the Ontario court gave you are up?

Why not, as Adam Radwanski has suggested, decide to go ahead and re-write the marriage laws to include same-sex marriages, and, in the process, put Paul Martin on the spot? Most of the Liberal Party's God Squad backs Martin, so he's in a tricky position.

Those who are vehemently opposed to same-sex marriages have not, by and large, voted Liberal for some time. The number of votes that the Liberals would lose by legalizing same-sex marriages would be miniscule, and would show that Jean Chr├ętien has the guts to make the tough decisions, and not let the courts sort things out every time a politically sensitive issue comes up.

Finally, Jean, why have you not got the guts to tell us what your opinions are> Two members of your cabinet, Foreign Affairs minister Bill Graham and Industry minister Allan Rock, have said that they're in favour of legalizing same-sex marriages. Why must you duck the question, Mr. Prime Minister?

Ontario court decision: Ruling says that laws banning same-sex marriages are unconstitutional.
WARNING: 14 MB PDF file!

Ontario court rules in favour of same-sex marriage -- news stories from July 12, 2002, when the ruling was issued
(Toronto Star) (CBC)
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