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Alberta may stop solemnizing marriages

Alberta Premier Ralph Klein has suggested that his province may get out of the marriage business altogether in the wake of the passage of same-sex marriage legislation in the House of Commons Tuesday. Eight members of the provincial legislature, including Justice Minister Ron Stevens, met Wednesday morning to decide how to continue the fight against same-sex marriage.

But Klein acknowledged Tuesday that he had few options. ”There are no legal weapons. There’s nothing left in the arsenal,” Klein said. ”We’re out on a lurch.” Klein repeated that using the notwithstanding clause is not an option because the definition of marriage falls under federal jurisdiction, and the province can’t affect that.

Read the original article at: CBC News

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