WINNIPEG, Manitoba, October 19, 2006 ( -A Manitoba marriage commissioner who lost his licence last year when he refused to perform homosexual “marriages” has taken his fight for religious freedom to the Court of Queen’s Bench.

The province ordered Kevin Kisilowsky, 36, to conduct marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples or hand in his licence, under a 2004 policy adopted by the province following the legalization of homosexual “marriage.” An evangelical Christian, Kisilowsky said his right to freedom of religion under the Charter was violated by the policy.

“I’m just one of these Canadians who’s finally had enough,” Kisilowsky said in an interview with the Winnipeg Sun’s Tom Brodbeck, published October 18. “Enough’s enough.”

While the government permits churches and religious clergy to opt out of performing same-sex marriages, it doesn’t allow individuals the same freedom. That is a clear violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Brodbeck says, which guarantees “freedom of conscience and religion” to every individual.

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