Seen: Patrick Brown backs broader definition of marriage at federal Tory convention

Seen: Patrick Brown backs broader definition of marriage at federal Tory convention

Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown, in Vancouver for a Tory convention, voted in favour of scrapping a federal party policy that supports “legislation defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.”

The motion passed with 279 members voting yea and 143 voting nay. Federal Conservative leadership hopefuls Maxime Bernier and Kellie Leitch also voted in favour of broadening the definition of marriage.

The amendment now awaits a final decision, to be made on the federal Conservative party's main convention floor  on Saturday. That's unless the motion is bumped off by a more popular one, as only a limited number will be put to the convention.

The Ontario Liberals criticized Brown  this week for waffling on same-sex marriage in the past, calling the PC leader an "old-style politician who just says whatever he thinks people want to hear," and circulating comments from Christian conservative Charles McVety.

Despite that, Brown marched in Toronto's Pride Parade last year and has been touting a more progressive than conservative party, which includes support for putting a price on carbon.

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