Posted by: becketfund | October 19, 2006

Canada: Marriage Commissioner in Manitoba Appeals Decision

LifeSiteNews reports that Kevin Kisilowsky, a marriage commissioner, appeared in court to appeal the decision that stripped him of his license to perform marriages last year after he refused to perform a same-sex union.  While Canadian law allows churches and clergy to opt out of performing same-sex marriages, it does not carry this provision for individuals.   Kisilowsky had previously filed a complaint with the Manitoba Human Rights Commission in 2004, but the commission rejected his argument that the new policy violated his freedom of religion.  12 marriage commissioners have resigned in Manitoba since the policy was introduced in 2004.

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