Canada May Alter Same-Sex Marriage Plan, Says Official

OTTAWA, SEPT. 17, 2003 ( The Canadian government may alter its controversial plan to legalize homosexual marriage, a senior Cabinet minister said after a vote showed Parliament was almost evenly split on the issue.

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Health Minister Anne McLellan said that, unless the legislation is approved before Prime Minister Jean Chrétien steps down next February, the proposal could be changed by his successor, Reuters reported.

On Tuesday, Parliament voted 137-132 against an opposition motion directing Parliament to reaffirm traditional matrimony, but the closeness of the vote concerned Liberal strategists.

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