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November 10, 2001
EGALE OPEN HOUSE
Aaron, Chair of the EGALE Equal Marriage Committe, celebrated, with the help of
his friends (see below), a wonderful afternoon, in recognition of another milestone
on the way to full equality for gays and lesbians; the completion of the Ontario
hearing. Judgement is pending, but the mood was distinctly upbeat!
can judge for yourself, and see why, by reading the daily summaries of the trial
in the Legal section of this site (Ontario).
to Urban Fare Catering Inc., Toronto, for donating delectable culinary delights,
to Dufflets for their wonderful sweets and to Martin and Tamara for sharing their
incredible new home with all of us.
Bourassa and Joe Varnell
from the EGALE Open House
November 10, 2001
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Martin Traub-Werner and Tamara Kronos, opened their home to supporters, couples,
and lawyers involved in the Ontario Marriage case - the day after the 5-day hearing
Douglas Elliott (lawyer for MCC Toronto) and Cynthia Petersen (lawyer for EGALE)
embrace in justified happiness for the success of our "dream team".
They have brought Canada closer than its ever been to equal marriage.
McDowall enters a draw, while Gail Donnelly reviews an EGALE petition for equal
marriage. They have been active, in the media, and behind the scenes, as applicants
and advocates for equal marriage.|
Alison Kemper, Robbie, Joyce Barnett, Hannah Ruth. Robbie and Hannah captured
the media's interest with their direct and compelling statements about family.
They put to rest the fear mongering of the Association for Marriage and the Family
In Ontario (who pretend our families aren't real).
Elaine and Anne Vautour (MCC Toronto) showing their constant solidarity with the
other Ontario couples.
Lloyd Simmons, Joe, Bruce Walker, Kevin. Lloyd and Bruce are our heroes, and founders
of the MCC Toronto Christmas Eve services at Roy Thomson Hall (the largest xmas
service in the city).
Greg Lawrence and spouse Douglas Elliott (lawyer for MCC Toronto). Greg has lost
countless hours of "couple time" to the cause of equal rights.
Bruce, a supporter from the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto, standing
tall for equality and justice.
Mike Stark and Michael Leshner, two long-time champions of equal rights (Mike
is a former childhood pal of Kevin's, when they both lived in France and Germany!).
A lively crowd mixed in the mutiple social rooms in our hosts' home (who knew
they had entertained 20 for dinner the night before?).
Mark Morrison-Reed, co-minister, The First Unitarian Church of Toronto. Mark supported
our case, providing an affadavit. Further, his congregration has voted to support
reading the banns for gay and lesbian couples.