They must change. Let us distinguish between marriage which takes place in civil society at large and marriage which takes place in the churches. We discriminate for the good of our children, for ourselves and our family. For most religions, marriage has three essential aspects: the mutual care of the couple; the openness to procreation; and the special grace granted by the ceremony of marriage.
I can remember to this day, the spring ofstanding up in the Manitoba legislature and making the same kind of speech that I am making today.
It is an experiment which has been rejected virtually everywhere else in the world where it has been under consideration. I bring that perspective to the debate with a question. Many critics of legislation that defines marriage as exclusively between a male and female end up asserting that the underlying and sometimes only foundation of this position is animus, hostility, or moral opprobrium towards homosexuals and homosexual activity.
We all need that person to turn to. It became a defining moment in my life because my parents were an interracial couple. Despite the assurances of the Prime Minister, the legislation contains no such protection. My own church has evolved tremendously over decades and centuries, and I expect that it will continue to evolve.
Associate Professor Gray said discrimination of any kind is damaging to children's emotional wellbeing and development. Marcel Proulx : We have only 30 seconds left for presenting petitions. I would like to share that response with members of Parliament.