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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 21, 2014
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ITK's 'A Taste of the Arctic' shindig on April 7, Ottawa, photographs by Cynthia Münster April 14, 2014

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A happy crowd at ITK's 'Taste of Arctic' at the NAC gathers for a picture. The annual event, held in Ottawa by the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, is meant showcase Inuit culture. Some 350 attend the party, including a number of MPs, Senators, Cabinet minister, lobbyists and journalists.
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National Inuit Leader and ITK President Terry Audla shows off his seal vest to Employment Minister Jason Kenney.
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Environics' Meredith Taylor and Greg MacEachern with ITK's Stephen Hendrie.
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Justice Minister Peter MacKay, his son Kian, and ITK president Terry Audla.
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ITK president Terry Audla and Abbas Rana, assistant deputy editor at The Hill Times and Party Central columnist.
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Labour Minister Kellie Leitch, ITK President Terry Audla, Laureen Harper, and local Ottawa photographer Michelle Valberg.
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ITK President Terry Audla and Labour Minister Kellie Leitch.
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A platter of smoked fish.
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Conservative MP Colin Carrie.
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Seal hash martinis.
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NDP MP Dennis Bevington, who represents the Western Arctic, N.W.T., and Chris Farris.
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ITK President and National Inuit Leader Terry Audla.
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Beatrice Dear entertains the crowd.

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