TORONTO, May 4, 2006 – The Catholic Civil Rights League ( has joined forces with 11 other pro-family organizations across Canada in the Defend Marriage Coalition to work toward a winning vote in Parliament in support of traditional marriage. Prime Minister Harper has said this vote will take place “sooner rather than later.”

As its first initiative, the Defend Marriage Coalition has written to the leaders of all the individual faith groups in Canada requesting that they become actively involved in this vote. As the group press release states, the traditional definition of marriage not only protects the best interests of children and their families, but is also important in order to properly protect religious freedoms in Canada.