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Canada May Go For Civil Unions

This story suggests that the next prime minister of Canada is likely to pull back from the government’s attempt to impose gay marriage on the country as a whole. Paul Martin, the man in line to be the new prime minister, is hinting that he may propose civil unions instead. Of course, Vermont-style civil unions–which are marriage in all but name–would still represent a serious setback for institutional marriage. But in light of the seeming inevitability of national, court-imposed gay marriage in Canada, a shift to civil unions would be very meaningful. In general, the intense negative reaction to Canada’s court decisions has sent a warning sign to legislators in Canada–and in the United States.

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