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OTTAWA (CP) - Canadians would reject same-sex marriage the same way American voters did this week if given the chance, an opponent of the controversial legal change said Wednesday.

"In many regards, we (Canadians) are no different," said Gwen Landolt, national vice president of REAL Women of Canada. "We're just ordinary people and we're restricted in having a voice here. These referendums show that when you allow people to speak, it's just common sense: You want to have a man and a woman because children need a mother and father."

But a gay rights activist said Canada has neither the "religious fundamentalist" bent nor the electoral system to permit such a vote.

"Clearly there's a difference in cultures - and also a difference in the legal framework," said Laurie Arron of Egale.

Voters in 11 U.S. states overwhelmingly rejected same-sex unions Tuesday by adopting constitutional amendments that deny legal status to marriages between homosexual couples.

The sweeping denials ran from bible-belt states such as Arkansas and Georgia to more liberal-minded regions such as Oregon and Michigan.

The socially conservative shift stands in sharp contrast to Canada, where courts in six of 10 provinces have already sanctioned same-sex marriage. In a seventh, Saskatchewan, a court will rule Friday.


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