LGBTory group pushes for change to Conservative gay marriage stance

Lorenzen said being gay and being Conservative are not incompatible, but the party has to recognize the problem with this policy.

A group of gay Conservatives want the party to change its stance on marriage equality and they’re asking interim leader Rona Ambrose for help.

The group, LGBTory sent a letter to Ambrose earlier this month asking for her support in changing official party policy. That policy, re-affirmed in 2013 argues parliament, not the courts should define marriage. It also says that marriage should be the union of one man and one woman.

Eric Lorenzen, an executive member of LGBTory, said it’s past time for that to change.

“We find that quite upsetting and we think it’s an infringement on our legal rights,” he said. Lorenzen said being gay and being Conservative are not incompatible, but the party has to recognize the problem with this policy.

Beyond just being the right thing to do, Lorenzen said the change is necessary to help the party’s popularity with voters.

“We think it’s a huge obstacle to the party in terms of being elected. It repels voters, it scares off voters, especially in the cities,” he said.

Shortly after becoming prime minister, Stephen Harper put a motion to the House of Commons on re-opening the debate, which was defeated. That was also the last time the Conservative government made any movement on the issue. But Lorenzen said just because the government didn’t try to change the law doesn’t mean the issue is dead.   

Metro attempted to get contact from Ambrose, but her office offered no response before press time.  

By: Ryan Tumilty Metro

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