Prime Minister Stephen Harper said he will respect today's vote against revisiting debate on same-sex marriage, and considers the matter closed.So, with a 50-vote margin of victory, is there anyone who could conceivably make the argument that the NDP or Bloc should have allowed an unwhipped vote? Of course not - the entire NDP caucus could have voted against SSM, and it still would have passed.
MPs voted 175-123 on Thursday against a Conservative motion calling for the government to introduce legislation restoring the traditional definition of marriage.
Which, of course, it was always going to do. Everyone - absolutely everyone - knew this was going to happen. The only question was by how much.
Good thing there's nothing important going on in the world - say, war, poverty, environmental crisis?