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posted 08 March 2004 10:54 AM      Profile for Skye     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote

When Catholic teachers from across Ontario gather at the Westin Harbour Castle next week for their annual general meeting, they'll be facing standard resolutions about union dues and collective bargaining plus a controversial motion to endorse same-sex marriage. Just one week after the Pope declared that gay nuptials degrade marriage and called on authorities to stop approving them, Resolution 151 has stirred up a hornet's nest.

The motion, put forward by the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association's human rights committee, asks OECTA to "communicate with the federal government its support for the passing of the legislation changing the definition of marriage to allow for same-sex unions."

An official in the OECTA provincial office says that although members of the human rights committee are chosen by the executive, the resolution does not necessarily reflect the views of the executive as a whole. She says that social justice activists have always had a strong presence in the association, and support for same-sex marriage is merely a contemporary example of their traditional concerns. "This is in the same spirit," she says.

James Ryan, a member of the provincial executive and of the human rights committee, acknowledges that the resolution which is not guaranteed to actually hit the floor makes some people uncomfortable. "There's probably a rural-urban split. But it's certainly within the mandate of the human rights committee to deal with issues like that."

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From: where "labor omnia vincit" is the state motto | Registered: Jun 2003  |  IP: Logged
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posted 08 March 2004 12:15 PM      Profile for NDP Newbie     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Having graduated from a Catholic school, I'm not surprised by this turn of events.

Hell, half of Cornwall's NDP supporters were from the 2001 grad class -- a year before me.

My grad class didn't fare so well...Tons of indifferent Liberals and I remember an incident where a Taiwanese girl who was extremely popular with every other grade was ridiculed for her accent by people in one of my courses.

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