Last Updated Wed, 13 Jul 2005 09:49:44 EDT
Alberta will allow same-sex marriages but will move to protect those who oppose it on social, cultural or religious grounds, Premier Ralph Klein says.
Klein said Tuesday that the province will comply with the federal legislation which is making its way through the Senate, and issue marriage licences to same-sex couples, "much to our chagrin."
Some Conservative members of the Alberta legislature had debated ways of not following the legislation, which passed in Parliament at the end of June, including only sanctioning civil unions and leaving marriage solely to religious institutions.
But Klein says the province will abandon a fight it now admits it can't win and will focus its attention on protecting critics of same-sex marriage.
Well, it looks like Ralph has finally raged down. Better protect those critics though - the big bad fags might steal and eat their children! David Mainse is still on a rampage though. Now he's sending letters to QE2 begging her not to sign the marriage bill into law. How ridiculous!