M.P. Lorne Nystrom:  A verteran's support for equal marriage (SELECT for external link to the online office of Lorne Nystrom)

 

 

 

"I have examined each of the options placed before the Committee, and concluded that the legalization of same sex marriage is the only option that meets the test of fairness and equality, and demonstrates true respect for the institution of the family."
Lorne Nystrom, NDP

 

 

 

 

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"... the best way to demonstrate our commitment to family values is to make it possible for every Canadian to be part of a loving and supportive family. We must not exclude some people from our definition of a family."
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Advocacy News

April 14, 2003

A veteran's support for equal marriage
Member of Parliament Lorne Nystrom (NDP)

Larry Dickinson and Jason Curl (Photo courtesy of the couple)In February, fellow advocates Larry Dickinson and Jason Curl (pictured at right, New Brunswick) wrote to various members of Parliament, asking for their support for same-sex marriage. It's part of our ongoing letter writing campaign which we encourage all our web site visitors to engage in. The couple recently received a response from veteran (35 years) New Democrat Lorne Nystrom (Regina - Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan). We include Mr. Nystrom's response here, with our appreciation, because we hope that as a senior member of the House of Commons (and former Justice critic), this MP sets the example and standard that other MPs will soon follow.


April 10, 2003

Dear Mr. Dickinson and Mr. Curl:

Thank you for contacting my office on the issue of same sex marriages.

I support recognition of the right of same sex couples to marry. I will be supporting Mr. Robinsonís bill or any other legislation that comes before the House of Commons extending that right.

As you know, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights is considering this issue. I have examined each of the options placed before the Committee, and concluded that the legalization of same sex marriage is the only option that meets the test of fairness and equality, and demonstrates true respect for the institution of the family.

I am the proud and loving father of two children. My family has been a tremendous source of strength and support for me. I believe that the family unit is the building block upon which our society is built, and that one of the chief purposes of government in Canada should be to strengthen families.

I believe, however, that the status quo undermines respect for families. It makes it impossible for thousands of Canadian families to enjoy the same rights and obligations as other families. It excludes tens of thousands of Canadians from legal entitlement to the legal protections and rights that most Canadians enjoy. It implies that persons involved in same sex relationships are lesser persons and contributes to the high levels of suicide in the gay and lesbian community.

Furthermore, I believe that the status quo undermines respect for the notion that same sex couples have a responsibility for one anotherís financial and emotional well-being.

Simply put, the status quo has failed too many Canadian families. It has failed the basic tests of fairness, equality and respect that should underpin Canadian law.

I believe that allowing same sex couples to marry will give young gay and lesbian Canadians hope that they will be accepted by society, and encourage them to make healthier choices in their lives.

I believe that allowing same sex couples to marry will encourage many lesbian and gay couples to build relationships and families that will be similar in most respects to other Canadian families.

In short, the best way to demonstrate our commitment to family values is to make it possible for every Canadian to be part of a loving and supportive family. We must not exclude some people from our definition of a family. We have to support the right of same sex couples to marry if we truly believe that:

  • Rights must be balanced with responsibilities.
  • No group should enjoy special rights that are not enjoyed by everyone in our society.
  • One of the chief purposes of government should be to strengthen and support the institution of the family.

Thank you for bringing your concerns to my attention.

Sincerely,

Lorne Nystrom, MP Regina Qu'Appelle


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