If they reject the bill (extremely unlikely), it remains the law of the land for two reasons:
- the nation's highest court has declared discrimination by gender in marriage unconstitutional
- a large majority of provinces and territories have already legalized such marriages
A full report of yesterday's action is in the Globe and Mail (free registration required) or the wires.
The Conservative Senators are still petulant about losing the C-38 vote in Commons. Yesterday:
The party's lack of grace in accepting defeat that they saw coming over six months ago is quaint and amusing. However, they still are making noises about somehow generating a majority or coalition and overturning the pending law.
"You seem to worship at the altar of the Charter. I do not," Tory Senator Anne Cools said.
The former Liberal described herself as an admirer of the Charter's founding figure, the late prime minister Pierre Trudeau. But she added: "The Charter has gone places that Pierre Trudeau never would have intended."