The Corner

Hope in Canada

National gay marriage legislated by parliament under the pressure of provincial court decisions seemed like a certainty in Canada just a short time ago. But the public is expressing intense dissatisfaction with this turn of events. Canada now looks like it’s about to be caught up in a full-fledged culture war, a battle that will intrude itself into the very heart of the next election for Prime Minister. Here’s an account of the uproar. And here’s an analysis of it’s impact on Canadian politics. And here’s more on how the battle now looks like it will be intense and drawn out over the next couple of years. Of course, as the New York Times reports today, in typically biased fashion, the United States is headed for the same battle. I still marvel at how the Times relies on folks like Robert Knight as the spokesmen against gay marriage. Knight actually opposes the Federal Marriage Amendment because it gives the states some say in the question of benefits packages. Yet the press only talks to him and other critics of FMA, whereas it ought to be interviewing Matt Daniels, head of the Alliance for Marriage and the actual sponsor of the Federal Marriage Amendment.

Stanley Kurtz — Stanley Kurtz is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.