Friday, December 01, 2006

Three-tier marriage??

What nonsense are the Tories up to? Paul Wells reports:

Notice of government motion:

“That this House call on the government to introduce legislation to restore the traditional definition of marriage without affecting civil unions and while respecting existing same-sex marriages.”

Now--I thought that the motion was going to be to reopen debate on the issue. Not one to open up debate to create not one, not two, but three levels of marriage.

What he's suggesting is we have these three levels: First, there's normal, opposite-sex marriage. First tier. Then, there will be the left-over legacy gay marriages. Second tier. And then the Third Tier: All those homos who couldn't get through the door fast enough in the narrow window offered by the Liberals and slammed shut by the Tories. The ones who can have a civil union, but not marriage.

In what universe do the Tories think that that would be constitutional? I mean, unequal treatment is bad enough, but doing it in two different ways? The mind boggles.

It's going to fail, but this shows you how great the Tories' understanding of the Constitution is.

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