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Harper shoves family study into the closte.  Lesbian and gay marriage is good for children.  Read the full study online here.Ottawa backpedals on legality of non-resident marriages

Jan 12, 2012 - We were planning to celebrate our eleventh wedding anniversary this Saturday with a little champagne and some welcome "us" time. Just the two of us relaxing and enjoying the welcome reality of getting to mark our anniversary like any other married couple in a country where same-sex marriage has become a non-issue. Then we read the Globe and Mail.

 

Norway's expansion of human rights - the 6th country with gay marriageNorway's expansion of human rights

June 17 , 2008 - As gay and lesbians celebrated marriage in California, Norway's upper house voted in favour of gay marriage today. The 23-17 vote comes after the country's lower house voted 84-41 for gender neutral legislation in parliament last week. The new legislation becomes effective January 1, 2009. Norway becomes the first Scandinavian country to have equal marriage. Will Sweden soon follow Norway's example?

Gay marriage in Canada?  Info and links here.

Equality California

Canadian gay marriage advocates Kevin Bourassa and Joe Varnell with California equal marriage advocates Molly MacKay and Davina  KotulskiCongratulations California: dreams come true

May 18, 2008 - We were enjoying the goods and goals of marriage in Canada, taking a break as gay marriage advocates, when we received news on May 15th that the California Supreme Court released a long-awaited decision in favour of same-sex marriage. We immediately thought of our friends and supporters in California and across the United States who have been fighting for years to see their dreams come true.

Gay marriage supporter John Tory's faith based funding is a loser. John Tory's faith-based funding is a loser

Sept 28 , 2007 - We first met Ontario Conservative Party leader John Tory in 2004. We were pleased to learn he supported gay marriage but his stance attracted criticism from Christian extremists. Perhaps Tory thought if he agreed to make faith-based funding a part of his plan to change education in Ontario, he could painlessly make ammends with party extremists. Instead, he has renewed calls for one publc school system.

Visibility is key to protecting human rights.Visibility is key to protecting human rights

Sept 24 , 2007 - On September 17, media reports began appearing about a Halifax lesbian couple and their human rights complaint over the way Nova Scotia registers the birth of a child. Three days after the couple made their case known to the public, the government announced that the issue had been resolved. The government knew of this problem for over six months. Gay marriage is 3 years old. What took so long?

Counting what matters with gay marriage (Background graphic from Towleroad.com) Counting what matters with gay marriage

Sept 21 , 2007 - On Sept. 12 Statistics Canada released new census data collected in 2006: Family Portrait: Continuity and Change in Canadian Families and Households in 2006. For the first time, married and common-law same-sex couples were included in the data. We believe the most important statistic is the number of same-sex couples denied access to marriage: zero.

Gay marriage advocates join Bank employees linking with communities. Bank employees linking with communities

Sept 20 , 2007 - Now that gay marriage is available across Canada, we are taking pleasure in lending support to others where we can. We are proud to participate in the CIBC Pride Network's initiatives in support of diversity. This past weekend we joined fellow members of the Network in the Toronto AIDS Walk for Life and in the Peterborough Pride parade. Read a report by Elizabeth Reynolds.

Gay marriage advocates Kevin Bourassa and Joe Varnell Walk For Life in Support of AIDS World's 1st married gay couple walk for life

July 12 , 2007 - Gay marriage advocates Kevin Bourassa and Joe Varnell are asking supporters of same-sex marriage to join them in the AIDS Walk for Life, a national campaign. The couple will walk on Sunday, September 16th, 2007, to benefit the AIDS Committee of Toronto. Please get involved as a walker, or consider making an online donation now. Celebrate freedoms and rights by giving back to communities.

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Our book Just Married:  Gay Marriage and the Expansion of Human RightsJust Married: Recent Reviews and News

Read reviews of our book Just Married: Gay Marriage and the Expansion of Human Rights. Information about the French edition Gays, gays, marions-nous!, a schedule of appearances and activities are listed here

Read summaries of the Ontario Divisional Court hearings - the 1st Canadian court victory for gay marriage. (2002)

Read summaries of the Ontario Court of Appeal hearings - the hearing that ended marriage discrimination in Canada.(2003)

Supreme Court refuses to hear appeal of Ontario gay marriage victory

The first legal gay marriage is certified.The first legal gay marriage is certified Canada has the distinction of recognizing & registering the earliest known legal lesbian and gay marriages in modern times.

Ontario Court of Appeal Decision: gay marriage

On June 10, 2003, the Court of Appeal for Ontario ruled that it was discriminatory to deny same-sex couples access to marriage. It was a decision that recognized, retroactively, the marriages of Kevin Bourassa & Joe Varnell and Anne & Elaine Vautour, solemnized by the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto on January 14, 2001. The court compelled the province of Ontario to issue civil marriage licenses to same-sex couples effective that day.

Parliament stands by the Charter - gay marriage goes for senate and royal approval Parliament stands by the Charter

June 28, 2005 - Gay marriage was approved by Canada's House of Commons todaywith 158 MPs in favour & 133 against. The definition of marriage was changed by Ontario's Court of Appeal in 2003, but as Parliament acts we recall some memories along the way.

It's a quiet thing - same-sex marriage is law It's a quiet thing - gay marriage is law

July 19, 2005 - Same-sex marriage is the law of the land. Following this historic moment, the world did not stand still. There were no celebratory fireworks. The world simply turned on - and that's the way it should be.

 

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