Religious Marriage: Quebec’s Values Must Be Respected
1 March 2016
The member for Borduas and Coalition Avenir Québec critic for justice, Simon Jolin-Barrette, was very clear on Tuesday about religious marriages. In Quebec, nuptials entail rights and obligations, no matter the religion. The MNA called on Justice Minister Stéphanie Vallée to re-examine this issue and to ensure that Quebecers’ values are respected, as struggle for gender equality is predominant in this discussion.
According to Mr. Jolin-Barrette, it is disturbing for the Liberal government to advocate that spiritual leaders can administer wedding ceremonies that have but a religious reach, with no legal binding. “The Couillard government must not realize that it is enabling forced marriage. By taking this stand, the Liberals are attacking equal rights for men and women. I understand that they are catering to their constituents, who are composed of religious minorities, but I ask them to respect the common values in Quebec”, demanded the CAQ member.
“Doing nothing means that our society accepts for a man to marry a woman illegitimately, before a religious figure, and to soon leave her with kids to struggle alone, with no obligations. The minister must send a clear message: Marriages with no legal effect are not accepted in Quebec”, he concluded.