this LifeSiteNews article, Canadian courts have ruled that marriage commissioners are not entitled to religious conscience protection when it comes to the sexual lifestyle of homosexuals.
The Court claimed that allowing marriage commissioners to withhold their services because of personal religious convictions would undercut the fundamental principle that government services must be provided to all members of the public on an impartial and non-discriminatory basis.Sounds pretty reasonable until you recall that marriage is not a fundamental right for all members of the public. I would be denied marriage by a Canadian marriage commissioner. Why? Because I am already married. So right there this government service is not provided to all members of the public on an impartial and non-discriminatory basis. Nor would gays be denied their "rights" if a particular commissioner were allowed to practice his or her religious rights - a different commissioner could perform the ceremony.
The court said that its decision was based on section 15(1) of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms which prohibits discrimination based on characteristics such as race and sex. Though the Charter makes no mention of sexual orientation, the courts have nevertheless read sexual orientation into this section.
Gwendolyn Landolt, National Vice President of REAL Women of Canada, csaid that the decision is another example of activist judges using the Charter of Rights as a weapon to undermine religious rights.
“What we are seeing now is that step by step religious rights in Canada have been diminished while homosexual rights have been accelerated by the appointed unaccountable judges,” Landolt told LifeSiteNews.com. “This decision means that religious rights have been pushed to the side once again in favour of judge-made homosexual rights. If there were genuine equality between these two competing rights, then both should have equal recognition under the law which has been denied by this decision.” [emphasis mine]