This article considers issues of social cohesion, national identity, and national values as they appeared in Canadian newspaper coverage of the same-sex marriage debate between September 2003 and the federal election of June 2004. Media reports in Canada about the issue of same-sex marriage reflected a range of reactions. For some, same-sex marriage was a symbol of fracture, of a split in the country over core values—a split that could undermine the very commonality that makes Canada a society. For others,same-sex marriage was an affirmation of the high value Canadians place on equality and diversity. This article examinesthe roles played by newspapersin their coverage ofsame-sex marriage asitrelates to Canadian values and social cohesion.