Canada’s Conservative Party is no longer opposed to marriage equality. In a 1,036 to 462 vote, held on 28 May, delegates from all provinces (except Saskatchewan) decided to remove the party plank defining marriage only as a union between one man and one woman. The party shifted from being opposed to marriage rights for LGBTI couples to now being neutral.
During the debate, social conservatives warned the change would cause same-sex marriage opponents not to vote for the party. This resolution is not about inclusiveness or the value of individuals,’ Manitoba MP Ted Falk insisted. ‘This motion is an attack on our values and principles.’ Other conservative politicians noted the language did not require party members to support, or oppose, marriage equality. In 2005 Parliament approved the Civil Marriage Act, making Canada the fourth country in the world — and first outside Europe — to legalize same-sex marriage.