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To Ontario Premier Ernie Eves
Ontario Supports same-sex marriage
the bottom of my heart, Thank You for your statement in support of the Ontario
Superior Court ruling that affirms the rights of same-sex couples to marry.
married my same-sex spouse, Kevin Bourassa, on January 14, 2001 under the publication
of banns at the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto along with our dear friends
Elaine Vautour and Anne Vautour. Two days later we submitted our documents for
registration. The Province refused, citing no clear direction on the issue.
Premier, your comments yesterday show you to be a man of integrity with a respect
for the fairness of the ruling and a firm commitment to the equality and dignity
of Ontarians. I ask you in the light of the court's decision and as a man of conscience,
to register our marriages and firmly send a message to Ottawa and the world that
there are no second-class families in Ontario.
thank you for your words of support and for serving as an example of what this
great country needs - a leader.
Equality and admiration
Honourable Ernie Eves,
Premier Province of Ontario
you and applaud your courageous decision to not have the Province of Ontario appeal
the recent Ontario Superior Court of Justice decision regarding same-sex marriages.
While many will
find reason to disagree with the decision, those of us who welcome it know that
God wishes for all human kind to be loving of all others; in fact, we know in
Christian faith that God commands that we love our neighbor as ourselves.
of life for most people depends on the love we share with others. Be it a loving
relationship between mother and son, brother and sister, or husband and wife,
so it can be for two people of the same gender. Their love for each other is the
underlying foundation of their relationship, and to have the right to publically
and joyously declare that love through the bonds of marriage, is a right of equality
that no one should deny.
we read them, all of God's messages are directed to "whosoever" - every person
who God has created in God's own image.
in God's many names, wants all of us to be more than just loving; we are to relate
to others with inclusiveness, understanding, compassion and truth. Loving another
person is not to be condemmed; we are told to celebrate love. Being inclusive,
by joining all together as one, is not dismissed, it is encouraged. We were not
created human beings just to be understood, we are to understand others. Even
if we are wronged by injustice, we are to be compassionate towards thse who wrong
us. When we search for truth in our hearts, in our minds and in our souls, the
truth always leads us to do what is right.
- that special covenant between two people is a covenant of love . . . and as
God so rightfully tells all who will listen, "the fruit of the holy spirit is
love . . . against such, there is no law."
you again for your decision.
. . . Michael G. Winters and Andy K.K. Ng