Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to present three petitions today. The first petition is on the subject matter of marriage. The petitioners would like to point out that marriage is the best foundation for families and the raising of children.
They call upon Parliament to pass legislation to recognize the institution of marriage in federal law as the lifelong union of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others.
The second petition, Mr. Speaker, is on the matter of the notwithstanding clause.
The petitioners would like to draw to the attention of the House that, on June 10, the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled that same sex couples must have the legal right to marry on the basis of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and our constitutions. However, they also point out that under the Constitution, section 33, the federal government may invoke the notwithstanding clause to override the charter.
The petitioners, therefore, call upon Parliament to invoke the notwithstanding clause, if necessary, so that only two persons of the opposite sex can be married.