The Conservative party has voted to do away with its opposition to same sex marriage.
It was a landslide vote to update platform language to be inclusive of same sex marriage doing away with the traditional language defining marriage as being between a man and a woman.
But the debate leading up the vote was heated.
“This is really about the right of two consenting adults to love one another without intervention or judgement.”
“The Trinity Western case shows that people in power now actually punish those who don’t agree with their view of marriage.”
“This motion is an attack on our values and principles.”
“It is all about freedom and respect.”
“‘A gay couple come in to demand a cale from Christian bakers they open themselves up for litigation. That is just not right.”
“I support my friends and family who are in this community because it is a fundemental human right.”
“It is all about protecting children against being deprived of either a father or a mother.”
Calgary Nose Hill MP Michelle Rempel has been a passionate advocate for the party to update its platform and do away with the platform language seen as condemnation of same sex marriage.
“The Conservative party is a party of equality for Canadians.The Conservative party is the party of rights for all Canadian. It is long past time that we passed this resolution.”
In the end of wasn’t even close.
1,036 voted ‘Yes’ and only 462 voted against.
Former Nova Scotia MP Peter McKay says the party had reached a time where this was the right thing to do.
“I think we were respectful of the diversity of views on this and we are at a point in our history now where people are accepting that this is the reality.”