Canada: Bishops speak out against marriage commissioner ruling



Two more Canadian bishops have joined their voices with that of Calgary Bishop Fred Henry in condemning a Saskatchewan Court of Appeal ruling that denied marriage commissioners the right to refuse to perform same-sex “marriages.”

In a new pastoral letter, Archbishop Daniel Bohan of Regina, Saskatchewan has challenged the government to work [to] protect freedom of conscience rights.

“The threat of loss of one’s job and employment certainly raises the spectre of coercion upon a person if it is demanded of that person that he or she do something that they believe to be wrong in order to keep their livelihood,” Archbishop Bohan wrote. “It will take skillful action on the part of our government leaders to guarantee the freedom of conscience of its citizens.”

On the heels of the court ruling, the Saskatchewan government announced that commissioners who refuse to “marry” same-sex couples will be fired.