Yep, it’s definitely still 2016. Never mind that the Cons both had, and lost, the debate on gay marriage back in 2005. Let’s beat a dead horse, 11 years later. (Something to look forward to, Americans)
The Conservatives, the right-of-Canadian-centre federal party in Canuckistan, has only now removed its “definition of marriage” from their policy handbook:
VANCOUVER — The Conservative party wiped a policy opposing same sex marriage off its books Saturday, proof many said that the party is truly setting a new course on the road to the next federal election.
A motion to delete sections of the party handbook supporting legislation to define marriage as being between a man and a woman was adopted by a vote of 1036 to 462 delegates at the party convention on Saturday afternoon.
Nearly one third of your party has to be dragged kicking and screaming into the modern era, but whatever, you made the right decision in the end.
The motion also adds to the policy book support for religious organizations to refuse to perform unions or allow the use of their facilities for events that are incompatible with their faith and belief.
Ding ding ding! Wouldn’t be the Conservative party without some kind of tumorous growth located somewhere in policy.
So you’ve got the 462 delegates spewing social conservatism shit that’s straight out of the Republican playbook, and a sizeable chunk braying about the religious “right” to discriminate. It’s illegal for everyone else to do it, and rightly so, but the religious need their super speshul exemptions from being decent human beings.
“The most important thing we need to remember is we’re not redefining marriage here,” said Natalie Pon, one of the resolution’s sponsors.
“We’re just taking out a definition that is out of date and out of touch.”
Truly, a rare moment of clarity for the Cons.