This story on canada.com today sounds good to us:
Bloc opts for united front against reopening same-sex marriage debate
Thursday, August 24, 2006
ORFORD, Que. (CP) - The Bloc Quebecois has opted to present a united front against the reopening of the same-sex marriage debate by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Bloc Leader Gilles Duceppe put the matter to a vote at a party caucus meeting and asked members to respect the party line, Bloc MP Real Menard said in an interview Thursday.
The Bloc plans to oppose any attempts by the Conservatives to revisit the issue when Parliament returns in the fall. Five Bloc members voted against the redifinition of marriage last summer and Menard said he does not believe they have changed their minds on the issue.
"It is simply believed that the debate has taken place and it is not relevant to start it again," he said.
The New Democratic Party made support of same-sex marriage a party position and as a result its 29 MPs will vote against any motion to reopen the debate.
The Liberal caucus, meeting this week in Vancouver, has not considered the issue.
During the last federal election campaign, Harper promised to hold a free vote on the definition of marriage but hasn't pushed it since the Tories took power.
Menard cited the voting record of the previous Canadian Alliance and Reform Party, which merged to become the Conservative party, and said they generally voted against gay and lesbian rights.
"I think it is necessary to make the public understand the government is homophobic," Menard said.
"When, since 1993, you vote each time you can against gay rights, I think it should be concluded that they (the Conservatives) are homophobic," Menard said.
"If the Bloc had voted nine times against women, natives or any other specific groups in the country, I think the necessary conclusions would have been drawn."
Menard predicted any homophobia on the Conservatives part will hurt them in Quebec where gay rights are generally supported.
An Environics poll released in May indicated that 62 per cent of Canadians do not want to see the debate on same-sex marriage revived.
© The Canadian Press 2006