Free Votes, MPs, and Constituents: The Case of Same-Sex Marriage in Canada

@inproceedings{Overby2011FreeVM,
  title={Free Votes, MPs, and Constituents: The Case of Same-Sex Marriage in Canada},
  author={L. Marvin Overby and Christopher D. Raymond and Zeynep Taydas},
  year={2011}
}
In the summer of 2005, with the passage of the Civil Marriage Act, Canada became the third country to extend full rights to same-sex marriages. This article explores passage of the CMA, focusing on parliamentary voting behavior on the free vote used in the House of Commons. Using multivariate empirical analysis we find unusually strong evidence of constituency characteristics influencing the voting behavior of MPs, a rare outcome given the existing scholarly literature on free votes. In a… CONTINUE READING