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Posted on: December 7, 2006

MPs defeat bid to reopen same-sex marriage debate

A motion to reopen the same-sex marriage debate was easily defeated in Parliament on Thursday, as expected.

MPs voted 175-123 against the controversial motion tabled by the ruling Conservatives.

The motion had asked the government to introduce legislation to restore the traditional definition of marriage without affecting civil unions and while respecting existing same-sex marriages.

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Laurie Arron, national co-ordinator for Canadians for Equal Marriage, said the victory is bittersweet.

He said he’s pleased the vote was defeated, and by such a large margin, but it’s unfortunate the issue came up at all. He said he and others already fought hard to have same-sex marriages legalized in Canada in 2005.

“I’m relieved that we’re not going to have to fight this battle again,” he told CBC News Online. “This issue’s been debated to death. I’m glad today it’s finally laid to rest.”

Same-sex marriage became legal in Canada last year when the Liberal government passed Bill C-38 in response to a series of court rulings that said gays had the right to marry.

That bill passed 158-133.

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