Conservative delegates voted overwhelmingly Saturday at their national convention to effectively accept same-sex marriage, a move Tory MPs and leadership candidates said modernizes their party and sends an important message to Canadians.
In a vote of 1,036-462, Conservative members – following a passionate debate – voted to take a neutral position on marriage and no longer define it as “the union of one man and one woman.”
The change also removes a longstanding policy statement that said Parliament, through a free vote, and not the courts should determine the definition of marriage.
The policy change effectively means the party accepts same-sex unions and that it shouldn’t be in the business of defining marriage for Canadians.
The vote needed and received support from a majority of delegates in a majority of provinces and territories. Saskatchewan was the only province whose Conservative delegates didn’t support the change.