Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Summary of Day 3 of the BC Supreme Court Polygamy charter question

Opening statements continued today. First on the agenda were parties that supported the BC Attorney General’s position that Section 293, which prohibits polygamy, is constitutional. These groups included the Canadian Coalition on the rights of children (CCRC) and the Asper Center for constitutional rights, Christian Legal Fellowship, BC Teacher’s federation (BCTF), Beyond Borders and STOP Polygamy in Canada.

The afternoon saw the opening statements from groups who determined that Section 293 is unconstitutional. The Amicus, who is presenting the Crown’s primary argument against the law, began the proceedings. He was followed by Doug Christie from Canadian Council for Free Expression and the BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA).

For more complete details (from my personal perspective), please see the following post. If you want to see what the press is reporting, you can go to the following links.

CBC News - British Columbia - Polygamy laws unconstitutional, lawyer says

Abused sisters stand as witnesses to harms of polygamy

Polygamy law is unconstitutional, B.C. court told - The Globe and Mail

Polygamy: Legal in Canada | - Canada - Features

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