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Canadian officials quit over gay marriage, but people flock to replace them

It looks like 20 marriage commissionaires in British Columbia and Saskatchewan have resigned because of their objection to gay marriage. These positions are the equivalent of a Justice of the Peace here in the States. The great news is that many more are waiting to take their place.

In all cases they commissioners, who are licensed by the provincial governments, quit saying gay marriage is against their religions.

Saskatchewan Justice Minister Frank Quennell said the law makes it unconstitutional to deny same-sex couples the right to get married.

But, Quennell said gay and lesbian couples wishing to marry won’t have any trouble finding someone to perform the ceremonies. There are 321 marriage commissioners in Saskatchewan, and the 8 who quit have been replaced. Quennell there’s a waiting list for people wanting to be commissioners and the jobs have already been filled.

Marriage commissioners in B.C. who resigned have also been replaced.

Kate and I were married by the wonderful Marriage Commissionaire Pat Mitten on July 1, 2004.

Here is a list of gay-friendly MCs (including Patricia Mitten), from

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