An Ontario judge was wrong to prohibit two religious groups and a conservative women’s group from supporting the country’s prostitution laws at a coming constitutional challenge, the Ontario Court of Appeal said Tuesday. In a 3-0 ruling, the appeal court said that the groups have a legitimate contribution to make to an issue that has a clear moral dimension. It ruled that Mr. Justice Ted Matlow of the Ontario Superior Court misunderstood the case and used flawed reasoning when he concluded that groups would be out of place making moral arguments during the trial. The groups were the Christian Legal Fellowship, REAL Women of Canada and the Catholic Civil Rights League.
Full report by Kirk Makin for the Globe & Mail, 22 Sep 2009