MPs will vote on the contentious issue of same-sex marriage after Parliament returns from its summer break, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said yesterday.
MPs will vote on a motion asking whether they want to reopen debate on same-sex marriage, said Sandra Buckler, Mr. Harper’s communications director. There has been speculation that the Tories might ask MPs to vote directly on the existing legislation.
Same-sex marriage is a tricky issue for Mr. Harper. Many in his core constituency — members of the old Canadian Alliance and Reform parties — oppose it, and he has promised to give them a chance to reinstate a definition of marriage that excludes it