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US groups lobby Canadian legislators against same-sex marriage bill

[JURIST] Some Canadian MPs have reported that they have been lobbied by US citizens and advocacy groups over - primarily against - pending federal legislation [Bill C-38 text] that would legalize same-sex marriage. Several legislators say they have received e-mails, phone calls and faxes from concerned Americans, while several US conservative groups have launched advertising campaigns in an attempt to influence the outcome of any vote. A US-based chapter of the Knights of Columbus [official website] recently provided $80,000 for a postcard [text, PDF] campaign supporting traditional marriage, while Focus on the Family [official website] ran a series of ads during the last Canadian election. Bill C-38 will eventually be put to a free vote. CBC News has more.

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