Canada lawmakers refused to revisit same-sex marriage

On December 7, 2006, Canada's House of Commons voted to not revisit the country's legalization of same-sex marriage, which was enacted in June 2005. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper had made "revisiting" the law a prominent part of his conservative election campaign, promising a free vote wherein members could vote their conscience rather than along party lines. The measure to reopen discussion of the law failed by a vote of 123 to 175 after lengthy debate, reflecting perceptions of Canadians' general support of same-sex marriage and opposition to reviving debate in Parliament.


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