100,000 visitors have visited this web site since it was launched 11 months ago.

"the enormously informative web site"
The Globe and Mail
May 25, 2021



Chances are, your favourite time to visit this site is between 12:00 a.m. and 9 p.m. EST.

The fewest number of visitors come to our site at 4 a.m. EST.



"Their web site is a very up-to-date account of their own story and those of other same-sex couples' legal cases in Canada. It also features a lot of the media coverage that their story has generated."
The Voice, August 2002





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September 6, 2002

100,000 visitors in 1st 11 months!

They had received tremendous support, information and knowledge from friends, family and supporters who were on an email list with them throughout the process of the banns and their wedding. They just decided to enlarge the concept. Kevin said, "After all it's all about advocacy." They saw this as an opportunity to do some further networking and team-building with the other couples in Quebec and British Columbia. They didn't see the additional benefits that have come out of the site, like working with unions and world-wide communications.
The Voice, August 2002

Before today is over, visitor number 100,000 will arrive at this web site - 1.8 million hits in 11 months! It's a milestone worth celebrating, even a month before we complete the first year of operation!

Equal marriage for same-sex couples was launched as a web site, without fanfare or promotion at the beginning of November 2001, only a few days after we finished writing Just Married, and in time for us to begin reporting on the proceedings of our case in Ontario court.

Since then, equalmarriage.ca has grown in size and audience, bringing a Canadian perspective to an international story. It has been a tool for ourselves and counted others. This web site has surveyed the media and it in turn has been mined for information by the press. We have responded to enquiries from around the world, and material from this web site has been reproduced or referenced by newspapers, magazines, newsletters, and other web sites - by those who are against us as well as those who are with us.

This web site has also generated emails, letters, and phone calls to politicians, opinion makers, and agencies written by people concerned about equality and justice.

More recently, a trust account in support of all 5 marriage cases in Canada was established, making it possible for supporters to contribute to the payment of legal expenses for any or all of the cases underway (most of the lawyers are donating their fees).

In the spirit of information, we pause to look more closely at some of the attributes we have found in our first 100,000 visitors.

Thank you for your ongoing support and engagement!

Kevin Bourassa and Joe Varnell

A closer look at our 1st 100,000


Total number of visitors since November 1, 2001: 99,983

Total number of pages viewed by visitors: 218,866

Total number of hits: 1,796,596


The ten most popular pages of this web site for our first 100,000 visitors:

1. The Ontario marriage case home page

2. L'egalite ... Oui! (PDF document in French, related to Quebec case)

3. The Ontario marriage case decision

4. The Quebec marriage case home page

5. Advocacy events home page

6. Our links page

7. Equality and Marriage in Canada

8. Our wedding

9. Advocacy news home page

10. Equal Marriage and the law in Canada



Where our visitors come from

Most of our visitors come to our web site from a computer registered with a commercial or institutional service provider (i.e., probably a computer in an office or a school). Of those visitors who use a service provider registered with a country identifier, these are the top 10 countries of origin:

1. Canada
2. Saudi Arabia
3. United States
4. France
5. Japan
6. Australia
7. United Kingdom
8. United Arab Emirates
9. Germany
10. Belgium

The most popular keyword used by those who find us in a search engine is "sex". Even for these people, who are looking for something quite different, this web site proves to be quite "sticky" - on average, these accidental tourists view 3 pages of information.

MailLink to our media coverage of related issues.