Canadian Prime Minister Encounters Sikh Opposition to Same-Sex Marriage in India

January 18, 2005

Source: Yahoo! News/Canadian Press

On January 18, 2005 the Canadian Press reported, "Prime Minister Paul Martin got a little taste of home Tuesday in the Indian capital, where he was forced back into the ultra-Canadian soup of ethnic politics, Charter rights and same-sex marriage legislation.

Just two days before Martin arrived in New Delhi, the spiritual leader of Sikhism directed his religion's followers worldwide to reject the legalization of gay marriage, as proposed by Martin's Liberals.

The unprecedented edict by Joginder Singh Vedanti - likened by one Sikh Liberal MP to the Pope - followed a lively debate in the Indian press this month in which it was speculated that Martin had cancelled a planned visit to the Golden Temple in Amritsar because of political concerns about the controversy.

Martin had to defend the legislation Tuesday after a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh."