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It's about equality, not religion

So Pat O'Brien finally left the Liberal Party. Thank heavens. I'm sorry, but religious beliefs have no place in the legal policies of this country. If O'Brien cannot live by that, then he should not be in politics. Not everyone in this country is of the same religion. If we start making, or, in this case, not making legislation to enable all people to be equal, because of the religious beliefs of one sect, then we have a real problem. This is about equality, not about religion. The fabric of society will not crumble just because a few gays get married. All that will happen is they will be as equal as you and I under the law, with the same rights and obligations as any other couple who chose to try to make a lifetime commitment to one another. I fail to see why this is wrong. Good luck, Pat. We won't miss you.

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It's about equality, not religion

So Pat O'Brien finally left the Liberal Party. Thank heavens. I'm sorry, but religious beliefs have no place in the legal policies of this country. If O'Brien cannot live by that, then he should not be in politics. Not everyone in this country is of the same religion. If we start making, or, in this case, not making legislation to enable all people to be equal, because of the religious beliefs of one sect, then we have a real problem. This is about equality, not about religion. The fabric of society will not crumble just because a few gays get married. All that will happen is they will be as equal as you and I under the law, with the same rights and obligations as any other couple who chose to try to make a lifetime commitment to one another. I fail to see why this is wrong. Good luck, Pat. We won't miss you.

  

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Monday, April 27, 2015
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International Union of Operating Engineers' Steven Schumann and Canadian Labour's Nathan Rotman.
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House Deputy Speaker Joe Comartin.
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Senator Art Eggleton and Conservative MP Earl Dreeshen.
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Andrew Cardozo, Pearson Centre president.
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Conservative MP Jay Aspin and Kevin Vickers.
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Lobbyist Leo Duguay.
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TVO host and author Steve Paikin gave an impassioned speech on what he's learned about the allure of public life.

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