Fine! Have your stinking marriage license!

Alberta has finally, reluctantly, backed down from its fight to prevent same-sex marriage in the province. Don’t go running out to get your marriage licenses yet though, as Klein has stated, Alberta wont begin issuing licenses until proclamation of Bill C-38 after it has received royal assent.

“We will proceed to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, much to our chagrin, following proclamation of the federal Civil Marriage Act,” – Ralph Klein

Additionally, Alberta has stated that it will ensure a greater protection of personal and religious beliefs.

“We will develop legislative options to ensure the rights of religious officials and those Albertans who hold social or cultural beliefs or values, whether religious or non-religious, … No one will be required to advocate, promote or teach about marriage in a way that conflicts with their beliefs.” – Ralph Klein

These legislative options will protect not only ministers, but also marriage commissioners from performing same-sex marriages if it violates his/her beliefs. The government did reassure, however, that if a couple in any community wished to marry, the necessary personnel would be provided to conduct the ceremony.

With Alberta’s acceptance of bill C-38, one of the last major hurdles for same-sex marriage throughout Canada has been overcome.

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9 Comments

  1. Manatee said,

    Thursday, 14 July 2005 at 1:23 pm

    The “legislative options” seem redundent, but I imagine will be accepted without much protest from the pro-ssm lobby. I’m not to sure about the teaching aspect though. If it is in response to this, http://www.bccla.org/pressreleases/03kempling.html, there might be some fireworks.

    Don’t badmouth my HTML skills, at least my ‘links’ are blue now.

  2. O'Smiley said,

    Thursday, 14 July 2005 at 3:01 pm

    I will continue to badmouth your HTML skills until you post links properly.

  3. Gnomes said,

    Saturday, 16 July 2005 at 10:05 am

    “The Civil Marriage Act has passed in Parliament and is now before the Senate.”

    That’s the kind of ignorance I would expect from CanWest.

  4. Manatee said,

    Saturday, 16 July 2005 at 11:18 am

    It’s tough to find good news these days. BellGlobe knows it doesn’t take much to be more accurate than the competiton. Thank god for the ever reliable blogosphere.

  5. Manatee said,

    Saturday, 16 July 2005 at 11:39 am

    I see the integrety of your original post has been compromised, O’Smiley. Can you get it back?

  6. O'Smiley said,

    Monday, 18 July 2005 at 8:45 am

    Who was fiddling with my post. Manatee? Gnomes? It is lost, I will have to rewrite it later, if I can remember what I said.

  7. O'Smiley said,

    Monday, 18 July 2005 at 5:38 pm

    There, its pretty close to the same as it was before.

  8. Gnomes said,

    Tuesday, 19 July 2005 at 9:59 am

    Was it a technical problem, or have we reached the level of popularity required to attract hackers?

  9. O'Smiley said,

    Tuesday, 19 July 2005 at 12:30 pm

    I don’t know what the problem was. It may have been a technical glitch.

    Nice to see you posting from the other side of the world Gnomes.


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