Monday, August 28, 2006

Brawling Over Same Sex Marriage - Alberta Style

Alberta Conservatives don't like getting their butts kicked, but that's what happened on Monday in the legislature when MLA Morton (Dinosaurus Ted) tried to get a third reading of his bill - the so-called 'PROTECTION OF FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS (MARRIAGE) STATUTES AMENDMENT ACT, 2006'.

We all know that when Conservatives use the word 'freedom', it actually means 'restrictions'.

Here's how the fight went down:

Alberta's opposition parties made good on a promise Monday to delay debate on a Tory private member's bill that would have allowed commissioners to refuse to perform same-sex marriages.

Speaker Ken Kowalski chastised opposition members for eating up the time allotted for debate with procedural matters, killing backbencher Ted Morton's controversial Bill 208.

"I know what's transpired today," Kowalski told the assembly.

"There's no hope in hell this afternoon that any private member's bill is coming up."

The bill sought to protect marriage commissioners who refused to conduct same-sex marriages because of their moral or religious beliefs, and would have made it necessary for parents to give permission before any aspect of same-sex relationships is discussed in the classroom.

Morton, MLA for Foothills-Rocky View said the bill was intended to protect freedom of speech for everybody, including those who publicly oppose same-sex marriage, from being sued or fired — something he said happens in other provinces.
Morton vowed to reintroduce the bill next spring, and said what transpired Monday would be remembered the next time a private member's bill originated from across the aisle.

"What goes around comes around," he said.

"The Liberals not only were irresponsible in blocking debate today, they were stupid, too."

Ooo...ouch ouch. 'Stupid'? Them thar's fightin' words! Step outside, Ted.

Just another day in Alberta politics. Why do I live in this province again?

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