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Advocacy - Letters - Letters to MPs 2004

Letter's To Members of Parliament
In Support of Equal Marriage - 2004

November 23, 2004

The Hon. John McKay, PC, MP,
House of Commons, Ottawa, Ontario.

Dear Mr. McKay:

Gay marriage equality, George Bush Notwithstanding.  Rob Moore's Bill C-268As you know, on Friday, a private member's Bill on marriage, Bill C-268, will come to the House for a vote. As a constituent of yours, I am writing to urge you to vote against this bill for the following reasons:

  1. This is a vexatious bill, whose primary purpose is to try to embarrass the Government which has already made it clear that it will introduce its own bill on this matter.
  2. The Government has referred questions on this subject to the Supreme Court. Surely, Parliament should not take any action on the matter until the Court has answered those questions.
  3. Even if this bill were to pass, it would require the use of the Notwithstanding Clause to have any effect, certainly in the seven provinces and territories where the courts have already ruled that the traditional definition of marriage violates the Constitution. Parliament cannot simply overrule the Constitution.

I am not unaware that you have a consistent track record of opposing gay rights in general and same-sex marriage in particular, but this is a nuisance motion which would only further roil already muddy waters.

I hope that as a Parliamentary Secretary in the Government, you feel an commitment to orderly process.

I would appreciate a response to this letter.


Henry Rogers

November 22, 2004

Dear Mr. Moore:

The right to marry, as same-sex partners, has been granted to we Canadians who are gay and lesbian. Our community (the LGBT Community) has rejoiced at this move toward granting us full, equal, citizens' rights, which we had been denied for many years.

Now you have introduced Bill C-268 to "define marriage as a union between one man and one woman and specifies that this definition does not affect the freedom of officials of religious groups to perform ceremonies or to refuse to perform ceremonies that are not in accordance with their religious beliefs".

Mr. Moore, I ask you to examine your conscience by asking yourself this question: "If I were a free, Canadian, homosexual man, in a mutually-loving, monogamous relationship with another free, Canadian, homosexual man, and lived my life as a law-abiding, tax-paying citizen of the free country of Canada, would I not want to honour the fidelity and devotion of our relationship in the same way that free, Canadian heterosexual couples do - namely, by enjoying the same right to marry?"

The "religious right" (a minority of the Canadian religious population) argues loudly that male and female bodies are designed for procreation and, on this basis alone, marriage should pertain to heterosexual men and women. Homosexual men and women enjoy parenthood, too. Many of my parenting friends married at the pressure of family and peers, only to divorce in later years after realizing that a heterosexual union, for them, did not work. During their marriages they had children, and continue to parent their children after deciding to live an honest life as homosexual people. Their children do not suffer from the change any more than do the children of heterosexual divorces. In fact, studies have shown that the children of such divorced homosexual people are likely healthier, emotionally, because their parents are not living a lie. Other members of our community have families by choice in that the mothers choose who will be the fathers of their children and the fathers have a role in the children's upbringing. This works well, also, as I see gay men who have wanted to be fathers, realizing their dreams by fathering children of lesbian mothers and becoming family units. Many heterosexual couples do not procreate...should their unions not be declared null and void for this reason? Is marriage solely for the production of children? Many children borne outside the legal bounds of marriage in this country. Are they to be put to death, as some Biblical "pundits" would ask for, because they are not the product of a lawful union of a man and a woman?

I am a proud member of the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto. Our congregation is made of of men, women and families representing many nationalities, faiths, and races, as well as being heterosexual, gay, lesbian, transgendered and bisexual. Our Senior Paster, Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes, has fought hard for our equal rights for over 25 years. He is a beacon of light to our community and is beloved by people of all persuasions, religions, of all levels of government and political parties. Ours is an inclusive Church for all people. Our God loves us unconditionally, as our God loves you unconditionally. The Lord, Jesus Christ, is our friend and our "Way". What consenting gay, lesbian, transgendered and bisexual adults do in the privacy of their own homes is no more the nation's business than are the practises of consenting heterosexual adults. We all want equality in this free Canada of ours. We support our political parties, our government, our schools and other public and private institutions with the dollars we earn in a free workplace.

The Gay and Lesbian population of this free Canada wishes to maintain the equal rights granted in past legislation and keep and enjoy the right to marry and support our spouses in real families that have the respect of all.

What happens in the country to our South is their process - which seems to be changing, as well - but does not need to affect Canadians. Why should we run for the tissues when the U.S. sneezes, or change our legislation because its president declares same-sex marriage to be unlawful? Or are we not a free country, but a dominion soon to become the 51st state? Your party seems to be preparing us for this conversion.

Passage of your Bill would endanger the lives of more young homosexual, transgendered and bisexual people by gay bashers and homophobes. It must be a terrible burden for a young gay man living in a small, "red-neck" Canadian town, who wants to express his sexuality but who has neither the means nor the safe places in which to do this, nor the wonderful examples of loving, homosexual, MARRIED couples to follow. No wonder so many commit suicide!

Let's make this a safe, free, equal country for us all! If you'd like my help to do this, just send me a reply e-mail.


Anne Morgan

November 21, 2004

Dear Prime Minister:

During your pre-election campaign earlier this year we heard you declare often that you and your party supported equal rights for all citizens. Since your election we've heard nothing from you about the protection of our rights. Once more your government is relying on the courts to set the direction for equality in our country. We don't expect you to thank the Supreme Court when they rule in our favour. No, as usual you will be able to tell those in society, who are bigoted and homophobic; "The Courts Made us do it."

There have been thousands of same-sex marriages in Canada over the past 16 months, ours has been one of them. After waiting 36 years to walk down the aisle, before family and friends, we have no intention of allowing our rights to be nullified by Bill C-268. We suggest to you that allowing this private member's bill to be debated and voted on, before the Supreme Court has made it's ruling, is tantamount to throwing gasoline on an open fire. Sir, we have given our lives to this fight for justice and we demand nothing less. Because the extreme right in the U.S. seems to be turning back the clock on freedom for all it's citizens, we must advise those in all parties, including yours: You have given us nothing without a fight. We have scratched and clawed our way to the top of our mountain. We shall not be dragged from it.


Lloyd and Bob Peacock

February 4, 2004

Dear Sir:

I fully support and stand by the work of the Liberal government during the same-sex marriage debate in 2003. At the same time, I feel that the recent changes by the Right Honourable Paul Martin regarding this Supreme Court question is a delaying tactic.

By adding this unnecessary question, the Right Honourable Paul Martin has nearly guaranteed that the Supreme Court ruling, and any possible legislation resulting from it, will come after the upcoming election. I feel that this leaves all Canadians hanging and attempts to push the issue out of sight during the election campaign.

In your time in the Government, you have shown a distinct interest in the human rights of your constituents and of all Canadians. The initial Supreme Court ruling on the validity of same sex marriages was a human rights decision, and is one that the Government of Canada should be upholding, not one to be brushed away for another year in the hopes that it does not become an election issue. Continued and ongoing discrimination against same sex couples diminishes the credibility of the Canadian Government under the leadership of the Right Honourable Paul Martin.

I believe that it is time that the members of the old guard of the Chrétien Government stand up and make themselves heard. Please make sure that the public and the Right Honourable Paul Martin understand that you and your constituents feel that the same sex marriage issue is not open to interpretation and should be handled now as the Supreme Court originally ruled, not after the next election.


M. Jason Parent

Feb. 4, 2004

Hi Andy [Scott],

I'm very disappointed with the government and the new PM Paul Martin for using this delaying tactic with the Supreme Court on the Same Sex Marriage issue. Can you explain why it was done?

By adding this unnecessary fourth question it will assure that the Supreme Court ruling, and any possible legislation, will be after a Spring election. That leaves us hanging and hopefully puts the issue out of the spotlight during the campaign. I don't think so. We are going to make sure it IS on the agenda and a big issue. So we're supposed to vote for the Liberal party again and hope they will continue our fight? This move doesn't give us much faith in the party and the promises of our former PM.

As far as we're concerned, if our new PM want's to make Canada a better place with his social reforms, he should not have taken this step. Its an obvious stall to avoid the issue. We just wanted you to know our disgust with the way this has been handled by Paul Martin and Ivan Cotler. BTW... I wrote to Mr. Cotler and asked for his views on the matter. He didn't even bother to have aassistant #2 respond.


Larry Dickinson and Jason Curl
New Brunswick

Jan 10, 2004

Dear Sir [Grant Hill]:

The ongoing debate/discussion on same sex marriages requires the Government of Canada to uphold the decision of the Supreme Court on the validity of same sex marriages.

This is a human rights issue, and ongoing discrimination diminishes the credibility of the Canadian government as it does not take a definitive stand in this regard.

As a citizen of Canada, I am entitled to all the rights/obligations citizenship entails, and it is no less fitting that our elected officials adhere to these standards.


Jack Waller


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