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Church Fights Gay Marriage Bill

The Roman Catholic Church has opened a major campaign to defeat a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage across the country, which the government says will be introduced in early February when a deeply divided Parliament reconvenes.

The bill is largely symbolic because provincial and territorial courts have already expanded marriage rights in jurisdictions where 85 percent of Canadians live. But it will be the first time an elected body will vote on the issue, and polls show the population to be about evenly split.

The church and Roman Catholic groups, allied with Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and Orthodox Jewish groups, are revving up their strongest political effort in decades in what the government calls a challenge to the separation of church and state.

Read the original article at: The new York Times

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