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UPDATE ~ Canadian same-sex marriage bill survives

[JURIST] Following up on a story reported on JURIST's Paper Chase earlier today, Canadian parliamentarians late Tuesday afternoon turned back an opposition amendment to government-proposed same-sex marriage legislation that would have limited marriage to union between a man and a woman. Thirty government Liberal MPs split from their party in supporting the traditionalist amendment, but members of left-wing opposition groups nonetheless helped defeat it 164 to 132. The original bill is expected to pass - providing that the current scandal-beset minority Liberal government of Prime Minister Paul Martin, stays in office long enough [CTV report] to bring it to third reading - but polls show that Canadians are still very much divided on the issue, with Canadian advocacy groups vehemently arguing for [Equal Marriage website] and against [Evangelical Felowship of Canada website]. CBC News has local coverage.

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