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Interfaith Coalition Intervenes in Supreme Court Marriage Reference


For immediate release from the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada
October 6, 2004

The Interfaith Coalition on Marriage is intervening in theSupreme Court of Canada Marriage Reference to be heard on October 6-8.

The Coalition argues that the Charter does not require that marriage be redefined. It also argues that religious freedom as protected by the Charter is not well defined, and the redefinition of marriage could lead to threats to religious freedom for religious institutions.

“Changing the definition of marriage refashions its meaning and eliminates many of its distinctive features,” says Bruce Clemenger, president of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada. “If not marriage, what institution in society can we, as faith communities, promote that accomplishes what heterosexual marriage now does? What language can we use, and will we be afforded the public space to commend it to Canadians?”

“In a very real sense, we are fighting for the right to live without discrimination in Canadian society and practice our religious beliefs with respect to marriage,” says Janet Epp Buckingham, director of Law and Public Policy for the EFC. “Now that the historic definition of marriage is said to be contrary to Charter-values, those of us who define marriage as being between a man and a woman are deeply concerned about being marginalized in Canadian society.”

The Interfaith Coalition includes the Catholic Civil Rights League, the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) and the Islamic Society of North America. The Coalition has intervened at every level of court in the marriage cases in British Columbia and Ontario.

For video coverage of the EFC interview with Janet Epp Buckingham for CTV Canada AM click here: CTV Canada

The factum is available on the EFC website.

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For further information or an interview, please contact:

Gail Reid
Director, Communications
Evangelical Fellowship of Canada
905-479-5885, ext. 227