Monday, March 26, 2012

British Columbia Government Says Anti-Equality Ruling Strong Enough

As Jeff Lee reports at, the Canadian province’s authorities say a recent court ruling denying the polygamous freedom to marry is strong enough.

In a statement Monday Justice Minister and Attorney General Shirley Bond said the province believes the current laws banning polygamy are strong enough, based on a ruling in November by Chief Justice Robert Bauman who held up the constitutionality of the polygamy section of the Criminal Code.

After the ruling the province considered appealing the decision to the Supreme Court in the hopes of obtaining a stronger ruling that would apply across the country.

But Bond said that after reviewing Bauman's "comprehensive and compelling" decision, the government has decided against referring it to the higher court.

Abuse and involuntary confinement of innocents should be prosecuted.

Relationships between consenting adults should not be subject to prosecution, nor denied equality. An adult should be free to share love, sex, residence, and marriage with any consenting adults. One day, Canadians will look back and wonder that full marriage equality was denied.
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