Globe and Mail

Marriage-definition motion

Tuesday, June 8, 1999
Brian Laghi
The Globe and Mail

The Reform Party will push Canada's Liberals today to shore up the definition of marriage as a heterosexual union, in an effort to give the Supreme Court of Canada direction should it one day have to deal with the issue of same-sex couples who want to get legally married. Eric Lowther, the Reform Party's critic for family issues, will introduce a motion that says Parliament should take all necessary steps to preserve the heterosexual definition of marriage in Canada.

The Liberal government has always insisted it does not want to expand the legal definition of marriage to include same-sex partners. Justice Minister Anne McLellan said yesterday the party was uninterested in redefining marriage.

Mr. Lowther said his motion has nothing to do with same-sex benefits.

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