The Ottawa Citizen is pushing mightily for legalized homosexual “marriages” in Canada. The paper’s Managing Editor, Sharon Burnside, has denied any homosexual agenda, yet recently told an outraged reader the paper wishes to “foster a more accepting attitude” towards homosexual relationships.
In late May the Citizen used its front page for its set purpose. “Landmark lawsuit seeks to legalize gay marriages,” said the article written by staffer Stephen Bindman, describing the court battle of Ottawa homosexual activists, Pierre Beaulne and Todd Layland to be considered legally married.
Beaulne and Layland are represented by Philip MacAdam, the Ottawa lawyer who in September 1991 won a ruling from Mr. Justice Joseph McDonald, declaring that Canada’s Human Rights Act is unconstitutional because it does not include sexual orientation as a prohibited ground for discrimination. (See Interim, Nov. 1991, page 9).
In the 1991 case, MacAdam represented Graham Haig, another Ottawa homosexual activist whose challenge was financed through tax-payers money supplied by the Federal Court Challenges Program.
Bindman quotes Beaulne, Layland and MacAdam, but not a single person opposed to the idea of “gay marriages.” Using a now-common tactic, Beaulne equates denial of homosexual “marriages” with racism. “I think in this country if Blacks were denied the right to marry or any other group were denied, Jews or French Canadian, there would be an uproar.”
In early June, another front-page article in the Citizen promoted homosexual “marriage” as a reasonable choice. Entitled “Same-Sex Spouses: Quiet, Committed, Misunderstood,” and written by the paper’s “Kidscene” columnist, Janice Kennedy, it made no attempt to be objective. It simply condemned “the lack of understanding most heterosexuals have about committed same-sex relationships.”
Ottawa homosexuals Bill Shannon and Chuck Schouwerwou, the latter described as “a student clergyman” studying for the Metropolitan Community Church,” were portrayed as models of common sense and decency.