By Thaddeus M Baklinski, LifeSite News
The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) will appear before the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal Thursday, May 13 and Friday, May 14 in a case involving proposed legislation that would allow the province's marriage commissioners to refuse to perform same-sex "marriages" because of sincerely held religious beliefs.
In July, 2009, Justice Minister of Saskatchewan, Don Morgan, asked the Court of Appeal for an opinion on the constitutionality of the potential legislation. Morgan told the media that his government intends to fulfill its promise to provide a religious exemption to marriage commissioners, and to settle the issue with legislation. This is intended to resolve the situation that has seen marriage commissioners sue the provincial government over its insistence that they perform homosexual "marriages."
One version of the legislation would provide complete freedom of conscience and religious objection to officiating at same-sex "marriages" for all commissioners. The other legislative option would introduce a grandfather clause providing a religious exemption from performing same-sex "marriages" for individuals who were commissioners before homosexual "marriage" was legalized in 2004. Read here
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