Gay/Lesbian Marriage Narrowly Wins Vote

The Liberal government’s plan to legalize gay and lesbian weddings came within five votes of a major setback last night.

MPs narrowly defeated a Canadian Alliance motion to restrict marriage rights to straight couples in a vote that revealed razor-thin support for Prime Minister Jean Chr�tien’s bid to redefine marriage.

In a dramatic 137-132 vote that mirrored the divisions in the country, MPs on both sides of the Commons struck down the same motion that just four years ago had passed by a wide 216-55 margin.

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