Gay Marriage saves the Canadian Government!
In a vote that had gays and lesbians along with members of Parliament on the edges of their chairs, the government of Liberal leader Paul Martin survived a confidence vote Thursday evening.
The vote, on a budget bill, was won when the Speaker cast a tie breaking vote.
Had the vote failed the government would have fallen and Canada would have been plunged into an election. All bills before Parliament would die - including same-sex marriage legislation.
Until this week it looked as though the government was headed to defeat. Then, on Tuesday, a key member of the opposition Conservatives defected to the Liberals. (story) Belinda Stronach who represents a suburban Toronto riding, blamed Tory Leader Stephen Harper for her defection. She had been at odds with Harper for weeks over his opposition to same-sex marriage and for his push to topple the government.
Sure, the article goes on to say an independent or two actually were instrumental too. However, but for Harper's opposition to gay marriage, Belinda Stronach might have remained a Conservative, and Martin's government would have been toppled.