Marriage Tag

27 Feb 2018 Manitoba court insists Christian marriage commissioner marry same-sex couples

The highest court in Manitoba has issued a ruling in a case involving same-sex marriage. The court concluded that civil marriage commissioners have no constitutional recourse if the provincial government forces them to perform same-sex ceremonies. The case involves a man named Kevin Kisilowsky, who works with street people and gangs in downtown Winnipeg as part of a street ministry. However, Kisilowsky is not ordained as a pastor. Jay Cameron with the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, Kisilowsky’s lawyer, says in the course of this ministry, Kisilowsky would encounter people who –...

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27 Feb 2018 LN feature: Manitoba Court of Appeal: Christian Marriage Commissioners Must Solemnize LGBT Weddings

Jay Cameron, Lawyer for the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms The highest court in Manitoba has issued a ruling in a case involving same-sex marriage. Specifically, the case centred on whether civil marriage commissioners have a constitutional right to refuse to perform same-sex ceremonies. The Manitoba Court of Appeal says they don’t. Kevin Kisilowsky had taken the Manitoba government to court after he was ordered to give up his commission because he refused to perform same sex ceremonies. Mr. Kisilowsky was represented in court by lawyer Jay Cameron from the Justice Centre...

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19 Sep 2017 Same-sex parents, Christian schools, and the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal

What happened? In May of 2014, a woman in a same-sex relationship called a private Evangelical school in Ontario to inquire about enrolling her pre-school aged child. The school informed the woman that her application would be rejected because she and her partner would not be able to sign the school’s list of shared views because one of those views is that marriage is between one man and one woman. The parents filed a complaint with the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, alleging discrimination under the Human Rights Code. However, the Tribunal...

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19 Sep 2017 A Win for Christians

Albertos Polizogopoulos, lawyer The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal has handed a major victory to a small independent Christian school in that province. The case was about whether the school was allowed to refuse admission to a child of a married same-sex couple. Lawyer Albertos Polizogopoulos represented the school in the case. He says the school received an admissions request into their pre-school program, but early in the call, the applicant told the principal she was in a same-sex relationship. He says the principal informed the caller of the school’s position on...

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22 Aug 2017 LN Feature: Marriage vs. Common Law – What the Census Overlooked

Andrea Mrozek, Program Director - Cardus Family Late last month, Statistics Canada released a new batch of “family data” from the 2016 Census. The new information talks about rates of marriage, divorce, cohabitation, and many other indicators. Cardus Family has done an in-depth analysis of the numbers, and the guest on the feature this week is Cardus Family Director and policy analyst Andrea Mrozek. LN: Andrea, off the top, I’d like to take a 10-thousand foot view of the numbers. More people are living alone; more than 28 percent of families are...

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10 Nov 2016 FAQ on Ontario’s Bill 28, the “All Families Are Equal Act”

How will Bill 28 affect me and my family? Are “natural families” and “natural parents” really so important? What about adoptive parents? Isn’t the main purpose of the bill to simplify the process for both partners in a same-sex couple to be recognized as parents? Bill 28 facilitates having children through surrogacy. What’s the problem with that? If you have not read ARPA’s main article on Bill 28, we encourage you to read it first. There you will also find links to EasyMail letters on this topic. If you have already...

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23 Jan 2009 Same-sex “Marriage” Used as Defense in Canadian Polygamy Case

By Thaddeus M. Baklinski CRESTON, British Columbia, January 22, 2009 (LifeSIteNews.com) - Canada's same-sex "marriage" law is being used as justification for polygamy by defense lawyers in the case of Winston Blackmore, 52, and James Oler, 44. The pair are leaders of the controversial polygamous sect in Bountiful, near Creston, British Columbia, and are accused of being married to more than one woman at a time.
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23 Jan 2009 Polygamy – Is it for Everyone?

How long will it take until the Supreme Court has a decision? Can an argument of “religious freedom” succeed in removing polygamy from the Criminal Code? Here are some answers.by Don Hutchinson - EFC (From Christianity.ca) Charges have been laid. Debate in the media occupies page after page, both print and electronic. The issue will proceed into the courts in a process likely to take years to unfold. Over the last few days, some of the questions most asked have been the following: [continue reading this article here.]...

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07 Aug 2008 As Marriage Declines, Church Attendance Falls

by Devon Williams, associate editor, Focus on the Family's Citizenlink.com 'Marriage is a gateway into family life, and family life, in turn, is often a gateway into church attendance.' A dramatic decline in marriage, particularly among young adults, has led to a decline in church attendance over the last three decades, according to a study by Robert Wuthnow, a sociology professor at Princeton University. Read the whole article here. ...

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