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Canadian Crackdown on Critics of Gay Marriage

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“It’s estimated that, in less than five years, there have been between 200 and 300 proceedings — in courts, human-rights commissions, and employment boards — against critics and opponents of same-sex marriage.”

06/07/2012 Canada (The Christian Institute)-Hundreds of people have been penalised for opposing gay marriage in Canada since marriage was redefined, a US magazine reports.

The National Review, one of America’s most widely read political magazines, says there have been between 200 and 300 proceedings in less than five years.

Public employees have been disciplined, businesses have been sued and churches have been threatened with sanctions over their matrimonial beliefs.

Force

The article’s author, Michael Coren, wrote: “once gay marriage becomes law, critics are often silenced by the force of the law.”

He added: “it’s estimated that, in less than five years, there have been between 200 and 300 proceedings — in courts, human-rights commissions, and employment boards — against critics and opponents of same-sex marriage.

“And this estimate doesn’t take into account the casual dismissals that surely have occurred.”

Painful

Mr Coren said: “A considered and empathetic opposition to same-sex marriage has nothing to do with phobia or hatred, but that doesn’t stop Christians, conservatives, and anybody else who doesn’t take the fashionable line from being condemned as Neanderthals and bigots.

“This is a lesson that Canadians have learned from painful experience.”

In Britain, the Westminster Government is currently consulting on plans to redefine marriage in England and Wales.

Controversial

The move has proved highly controversial with over 500,000 from across the UK signing a petition against the proposals organised by the Coalition for Marriage.

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