During the debates on Bill C-38, Betty Hinton, MP for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo had this bit of intellectual genius to add to Hansard :
"In my last address to the House, I told the House that in my opinion I believed that this was in fact an intellectual property issue. I believe that the creation of the ceremony for marriage belongs solely to the churches...Perhaps they do not view this as intellectual property rights, but I do. I believe that when we take the emotion out of this argument and boil it all down, that is in fact what this is. We do not have the permission of the churches to change anything to do with marriage. That lies solely in their hands. I do not believe that government has a place in this, but we are here nonetheless."
So do I owe royalties to somebody? And who are "the churches"? I would take the lord's name in vain, but I might have to give a priest $.08.
Oh, by the way, Ms. Hinton also said :
I do not think we would find a single veteran who would say to us that the same sex marriage legislation is a human rights issue.
And this is her fact-based, unemotional argument.