Thursday, June 02, 2005

Canada to push ahead with same-sex marriage, eh?

I've commented recently on gay rights in relation to Microsoft and Ford (here and here, respectively), but there's good news coming out of Ottawa today. Prime Minister Paul Martin, who barely escaped a confidence vote just two weeks ago and is leading a minority government in an atmosphere of heightened tension and partisanship, has said that he is committed to pushing same-sex marriage legislation (along with two budget bills) through the House of Commons before the House rises on June 23 (or later, if necessary). And Jack Austin, government leader in the Senate (for you non-Canadians, that's Canada's unelected upper house of Parliament), has said that the Senate will remain in session into the summer in order to ensure passage of the legislation.

After Belgium and the Netherlands, Canada would become just the third country to legalize same-sex marriage.

Yes, I'm proud.

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