CANADA: A Look at Minnesota’s Future Without the Minnesota
Marriage Protection Amendment
Panelists to Discuss the Consequences of Redefining Marriage in Canada
Minneapolis – Today, at The University of St. Thomas at an event hosted by the Minnesota Catholic Conference and Minnesota for Marriage, panelists will discuss the negative consequences impacting Canada after its decision to redefine marriage years ago. The consequences are far-reaching—from pre-kindergarten students, to clerics, to private and public employees—no aspect of society has been left unaffected.
The Minnesota Marriage Protection Amendment is the only means available to prevent the very real consequences Canadians continue to face in the wake of losing their battle to preserve marriage as between one man and one woman. Without the Amendment, same-sex marriage activists have the opportunity to use the legislature to redefine marriage in Minnesota—as prominent legislators have already promised and already drafted legislation to do. Without the Amendment, marriage will also likely be redefined by our judicial system. Marriage is already on trial in Minnesota—the Benson v. Chapin case is already proceeding through the Hennepin County District Court and is the vehicle three same-sex couples hope to use to redefine marriage for all of Minnesota—without a vote of the people—as the Varnum v. Brien case was for six same-sex couples in Iowa in 2009.
Panelists include The Most Reverend Terrence Prendergast, Archbishop of Ottawa, Ontario; Damian Goddard, a celebrated former sportscaster from Ontario who was fired for simply tweeting his support for traditional marriage; Phil Lees, founder of Public Education Advocates for Christian Equity; Albertos Polizogopoulos, Lawyer and Advocate, and Dr. Steve Tourloukis, a Christian parent who experienced firsthand the selective erosion of religious freedom and parental rights in the Canadian education system after the struggle to defend traditional marriage was lost.
“Unfortunately, same-sex ‘marriage’ has not just redefined the relationship between spouses in Canada, it has also redefined the relationship between teachers and parents. Education bureaucrats have started referring to themselves as ‘coparents,’ and administrators in my kids’ school refused to even tell me when my own children would be exposed to same-sex ‘marriage.’ How can this be happening in a democratic country?” said Dr. Tourloukis.
Damian Goddard shares his experience on how the redefinition of marriage in Canadian law cost him his profession: “On May 10th, 2011, I simply tweeted ‘I completely and wholeheartedly support Todd Reynolds and his support for the traditional and TRUE meaning of marriage.’ That day, I was a high-profile, 6-figure earning, tv anchor for one of Canada’s leading sports broadcasters. Twenty four hours later, my career and everything I had been working towards had been smashed on the rocks of political correctness. I was fired on the spot. And looking back, I don’t regret a thing and would do it again. I choose not be fearful of the truth. And that truth is this—society needs to uphold marriage, and children need to be upheld by their mother and father.”
Also joining the panel are legal experts from nationally recognized legal organizations who will speak on the threat to our First Freedom, religious liberty, as well as the threat to parental rights, when marriage is redefined.
Jason Adkins, Vice Chairman for Minnesota for Marriage and Executive Director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference emphasized how this event demonstrates the need to learn from Canada’s mistakes: “The lives of real Canadians have been impacted by Canada’s decision to redefine marriage years ago. The Minnesota Marriage Protection Amendment is the only way for voters to ensure that their ‘Land of 10,000 Lakes’ does not become the next Canada, a land where a complete redefinition of marriage in the law runs roughshod over the religious freedoms and rights of parents to make decisions in the best interests of their children.”
“Marriage will have a constitutional definition in Minnesota—and that definition will be determined by YOU, the voter, or it will be determined by judges and politicians without your input. The Marriage Amendment is the only way to ensure that YOU are included in the conversation about marriage,” he added.
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