Conservative delegates at the party’s policy convention in Vancouver last weekend voted to strike the definition of marriage in the party’s official policy document.
In a 1,036-462 vote, delegates from all provinces except Saskatchewan cast majority votes in favour of no longer defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman. The vote shifts the party’s official position on same-sex marriage from being against the unions to neutral.
“I think our party got a little more Canadian today,” Calgary MP Michelle Rempel said after the vote. “It’s a milestone and it’s not just a milestone for our party, it’s a milestone for all Canadians.”
Speakers against the motion warned that social conservatives would stay home and stop supporting the Conservative Party if it didn’t represent their views on marriage.
“This resolution is not about inclusiveness or the value of individuals,” Manitoba MP Ted Falk warned. “This motion is an attack on our values and principles.”