The principle is clearly reflected in the Charter's provisions for the protection of minority rights. In our country there is no state religion. It was this House which, four years ago, made a deliberate decision to uphold the definition of marriage as the union of opposite sex spouses.
Larry Bagnell Yukon, Lib. Corruption in a parliamentary sense means to render proceedings and processes flawed, to render them tainted. We do not object to a civil contract between two adults for the purpose of cohabitation where the arrangement is defined by terminology such as civil union or any term other than marriage, a word that, in our view, has been copyrighted through its historical and present use as indicating a union between a man and a woman.
That is the context within which this member is speaking. Is there not a parallel there? They're grown now.
Finally, on the refusal to answer that question four, there are those, including constitutional experts, who have suggested that a legislated definition of marriage could be introduced and would not necessarily Canada would suffer as a nation. Do we give the impression of persons constantly looking back over their shoulders, attempting to see what was done in the past?
Whenever I discuss my faith publicly, the response is startling. I want to pay tribute to him as a Liberal, by extension a democrat, an internationalist and a capitalist with a social heart. I will tell you some great stories and also some horror stories.
That's not a derogatory comment on gays or lesbians at all. And the reality is that the law hasn't changed yet, so how could it have happened to date? When I say not only talk the talk but also walk the walk, I also want to pay tribute to the government of this country that only recently removed trade barriers on all goods and products that come from least-developed countries, whereby countries such as Bangladesh have been able to quadruple their exports to Canada.
A person cannot bring an injunction to court and allege a breach of his or her Charter rights to compel the church to marry that person.