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Conservatives drop same sex marriage ban from policy

Riding associations in Alberta and Ontario had banded together to propose the change


 

VANCOUVER — The Conservative party wiped a policy opposing same sex marriage off its books Saturday after an emotional debate.

A motion to delete sections of the party handbook supporting legislation to define marriage as being between a aman and a woman was adopted by a majority of the over 2,000 delegates at the party convention.

Riding associations in Alberta and Ontario had banded together to propose the change, saying it was outdated language and not in step with the broader Canadian public’s feelings on the subject.

But some social conservatives objected, saying that opposing same sex marriage is an important principle to them and should remain part of policy.

The vote capped off 2 1/2 days of debate among Conservatives at their policy convention in Vancouver.

The next time the party meets in such numbers will be when they choose their new leader in May 2017.

 


 

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