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Saskatchewan court hears same-sex marriage case

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Saskatchewan court hears same-sex marriage case

Civil marriage commissioners have no right to refuse to wed gay couples, argued lawyer Reynold Robertson in Saskatchewan's top court Thursday.

Reynolds was appointed by the Saskatchewan government to argue against two proposed amendments to the province's Marriage Act, both of which would exempt marriage commissioners from performing same-sex marriages if it goes against their religious beliefs. 

"A government official is entitled to his or her religious belief. It's when they project that religious belief in the form of conduct toward somebody who's (requesting service), that's not right," said Robertson, reports the Winnipeg Free Press.

 

On Thursday, the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal also heard submissions from queer lobby group Egale, a religious group and a government-appointed lawyer in favour of the proposed amendments. 

Dale Blenner-Hassett, the lawyer representing the Canadian Fellowship of Churches and Ministers, told the court that anti-gay marriage commissioners are being "unfairly discriminated against," reports the Leader Post.

The court will hear more submissions on Friday. 

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"Justice Minister Don Morgan
"Justice Minister Don Morgan said the province could dissolve the human rights tribunal and turn its cases over to the Court of Queen’s Bench" is a recent headline from that province. Would that be the same Queens bench he has worked with to give them the authority to sanction polygamous marital unions?
It is interesting that
It is interesting that Saskatchewans justice minister Don Morgan wants to allow Saskatchewan marriage commissioners to refuse to marry gay persons yet Don Morgan has also stated that married persons do not need to get a divorce before becoming another persons spouse! So, polygamy is Ok in Saskatchewan but not gay marriage? Morgan also allows his family court judges to "decree" single people to be the spouses of already married persons. Under Canada's criminal code that judicial act also constitutes polygamy. Brilliant!
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