April 6, 2006 by Joseph Krohn
Yesterday, the Conservatives survived the first question period, with Prime Minister Stephen Harper confirming that the govenrment will revisit the tumultuous same-sex marriage issue but no action is expected before the fall.
The prime minister says he’ll keep his campaign pledge to hold a free vote in Parliament on whether to reopen the matter. But Harper has signalled it won’t happen before the Commons breaks for summer vacation. A wide swath of Conservative supporters eagerly await a chance to restore the traditional definition of marriage between one man and one woman. Gay weddings were legalized across Canada last summer after court judgments repeatedly declared it unconstitutional to bar them. Opponents point out that there was never a fully free vote in Parliament on the bill. Liberal cabinet ministers, including some who were deeply conflicted on the issue, were expected to vote in favour.