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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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Wednesday, July 30, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman's Fourth of July shindig July 14, 2014

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U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman, right, and his wife, Vicki, were all smiles at hosting their first Fourth of July bash in Ottawa. Some 3,000 guest attended. The mood was good and there was a lot of dancing, eating, and chatting.

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Vicki and Bruce Heyman.

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Vicki and Bruce Heyman.

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Vicki and Bruce Heyman. The dress code was summer whites. The atmosphere was light and lovely.

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Ken Taylor, former Canadian ambassador to Iran.

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Bluesky's Susan Smith, Ottawa University's Robert Asselin, and Bluesky's Tim Barber.

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Former CTV Hill reporter Roger Smith.

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Former Bloc MP Claude Bachand and Danielle Leclerc.

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House of Commons protocol's Elizabeth Rody and Jane Kennedy.

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McLoughlin Media's Barry McLoughlin and Laura Peck.

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Canadian Chamber of Commerce President Perrin Beatty, wearing a nice summer hat.

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The National Arts Centre's Peter Herndorff and Rosemary Thompson.

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Sisters, Maggie Creskey, left, and Hill Times publisher Anne Marie Creskey.

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Former Progressive Conservative prime minister Joe Clark.

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Chad Schella, Maureen McTeer, and CPAC's Catherine Clark.

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The guests on the front lawn of the U.S. ambassador's official residence in Ottawa's swishy Rockcliffe neighbourhood, high up above the Ottawa River.

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The cheesecakes were brought in from Chicago. Yum!

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Maclean's magazine's Paul Wells.

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Shaw's Alayne Crawford and Gary Clement, senior manager of GR at TD Bank (Toronto). 

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CCCE's Ailish Campbell, Ekos' Frank Graves, Amgen's Kim Furlong, and H&K's Jackie King.

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Environics' Greg MacEachern, CPAC's Natalie LeMay-Calcutt, and Shaw's Jim Patrick.

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CommuniquéDirect's Nick Masciantonio and MDA's Leslie Swartman.

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That's a lot of cheese, Martha.

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Postmedia News columnist Andrew Coyne and Global TV News reporter Laura Stone.

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Former Liberal MP Martha Hall Findlay, right, and a friend.

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The lineup.

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The scene.

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Postmedia News national affairs columnist Andrew Coyne.

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CTV cameraman Dave Ellis, centre. 

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