Saturday, April 30, 2016
Will the Gay Marriage Issue Tear the Cons apart?
For almost ten years Stephen Harper never ceased to show his contempt for gay Canadians.
He voted against every gay rights bill that came before parliament. He cut off funding to all LGBT groups.
And he never changed the party platform that calls for same sex marriage to be banned.
But now with their convention only weeks away, that issue may be coming back to haunt the Cons.
And could even tear them apart.
A social policy showdown could be in the works for next month’s Conservative party policy convention. On one side: a bid to further entrench the party’s stand against same sex marriage with a resolution to protect “the rights of Canadian workers who believe in the traditional definition of marriage from employment discrimination on the basis of their deeply held religious beliefs.”
On the other: efforts to get the existing policy banning same sex marriage dropped altogether.
With the raging bigots and anti-abortion fanatics at Campaign Life Coalition warning the party to support their position. Or else.
The party can’t afford to lose its base of social conservatives, said Jack Fonseca, program manger with Campaign Life Coalition, which recently published a list of six pro-life, pro-family resolutions it says will be debated at the convention in May including the same sex marriage one.
“It would be disastrous for the CPC to alienate its large social conservative base and tell them they don’t want them, don’t care about them and don’t care about their values,” Fonseca said.
While others argue its time for the party to become more inclusive.
“There’s opposition, I’m not going to deny it,” said Eric Lorenzen, a member of LGBTory.
“But we do think we have broad support. I think the party wants this to happen.”
And the way I see it the Cons can't win.
If they drop the ban on same sex marriage they could lose much of their social conservative base, which in their present state would just about finish them off.
And if they keep it they will never modernize the party, never attract more than a handful of young Canadians. And shoot themselves in the foot or the future.
You know it was a real drag to have to live for so long under a Con regime and a depraved leader who stealthily discriminated against gay Canadians, just for who they are or who they love...
But that love has powered the gay liberation movement from one victory to another, even in the face of overwhelming odds, and the foulest bigotry.
And of course you know how I feel about bestial bigots like Stephen Harper and the porky Jason Kenney who treated LGBT Canadians like they didn't exist.
Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney blocked any reference to gay rights in a new study guide for immigrants applying for Canadian citizenship, The Canadian Press has learned.
Or weren't fully human...
So if the same sex marriage issue helps tear the Cons apart.
It will be more than worth it.
And we'll all have something to celebrate...
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