Advocacy news from 2005
September 20, 2005
Love exile cycles for same-sex marriage
Love exile Martha McDevitt-Pugh has flown from the Netherlands to California where the marriage advocate is cycling from the Bay Area to California Governor Schwarzenegger's office in Sacramento on Sept. 21 and 22. McDevitt-Pugh's goal is to persuade the governor to reverse his plans to veto equality. "I have to do what I can," she explains, as others join in to campaign
September 7, 2005
State your support to Schwarzenegger
Yesterday the California state Assembly voted in favour of gay marriage, following the lead of the state's Senate. The move marks the 1st time that a U.S. legislative body voted for same-sex marriage. Governor Schwarzenegger has promised a veto. Human rights are universal. Please reciprocate California's support of equal marriage in Canada. Write or call the governor today.
August 14, 2005
Five million visitor sessions since 2001
We celebrate the completion of 5 million visitor sessions to this web site since 2001 (and 1.7 million visitors so far this year. Visitors from around the world have viewed over 14 million pages about gay marriage, generating more than 101 million hits! With appreciation, we take a look at our visitors and their exploration of Equal marriage for same-sex couples.
August 13, 2005
Lawyer Douglas Elliott honoured by CBA
Douglas Elliott of Toronto is the recipient of the Canadian Bar Association’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Conference Hero Award. "Simply put, Doug is the preeminent gay rights lawyer in Canada, bar none," said Michael J. Law, Co-Chair of CBA Manitoba's SOGIC. Mr. Elliott led the fight in our breakthrough Ontario marriage case.
June 16, 2005
"We can get it done," says Jack Layton
Prime Minister Paul Martin and his Justice Minster Irwin Cotler are already responsible for an infamous 2004 move that delayed the roll-out of gay marriage in the remaining have-not regions. Now he seems prepared to do it again while couples continue to fight in court. It doesn't have to be so, says NDP leader Jack Layton.
June 9, 2005
Church of Pride, not prejudice
Our congregation of friends, supporters, and fellow worshipers at the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto are this year's honored group in the Toronto pride parade. "MCC Toronto has achieved much in the areas of human rights and social justice of the last 32 years, most recently with the landmark same-sex marriage court case," says Pride Toronto.
June 3, 2005
Gay marriage keeps going and going ...
Gay and straight media alike have, in recent weeks, repeatedly announced the death and rebirth of same-sex marriage legislation in Canada. But the battle for equal marriage was won in 2003 (retroactively to 2001). Everything since has been posturing and cleanup. There's been plenty of interference, causing delay, but through it all, gay marriage keeps going and going ...
May 27, 2005
Equal in the U.K.?
Gay marriage advocates in the U.K. are inspired by their former colony's progress in human rights. "Equal marriage in Canada is having a 'ripple effect' around the world," write professors Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger. "Here's our story". The couple is seeking legal declaration of the validity of their Canadian same-sex marriage.
Read "Equal in the U.K.?"
May 7, 2005
Not simply divine: human rights & SSM
"Same-sex marriage is a legal reality in Canada. There is no going back," writes Douglas Elliott, President of the International Lesbian and Gay Law Association, and lead counsel for the church that solemnized the first legal gay marriages. First delivered at Philadelphia's Equality Forum, this brilliant human rights advocate presents a three-part analysis.
April 26, 2005
Comox Valley: a recipe for potluck lobbying
Serena Patterson recently wrote to us about a potluck dinner she and her partner Monika Grunberg hosted, along with a group of 40 GLBT people and family members, for local anti-gay marriage MP John Duncan. "We focussed primarily on how the same-sex marriage debate affects the families who are at the center of it," Serena writes in her recipe for potluck lobbying.
April 14, 2005
Mounties accompany men who do-right
Canada is sending two Royal Canadian Mounties to accompany Kevin Bourassa and Joe Varnell when they're honoured in Philadelphia, May 1. "The presence of Royal Canadian Mounties is a sign of national esteem and honour," says host Equality Forum. "Kevin and Joe are Canadian Heroes – they symbolize Canadian family values and respect for individual liberty.”
April 10, 2005
U.S. update: full & equal marriage rights
"Will we, GLBTQI Americans, ever see full and equal civil marriage rights? "It depends on whom you listen to, of course, but I so strongly believe we will, that I consider it inevitable, a foregone conclusion," writes gay marriage advocate Bill Dubay. Bill works for equal marriage in Washington State. He provides an update on the progress of rights in the U.S.
April 4, 2005
Four million visitor sessions since 2001
We celebrate the completion of 4 million visitor sessions to this web site since 2001 (and 1 million visitors during the past four months). Visitors from around the world have viewed over 11 million pages about gay marriage, generating more than 83 million hits. With appreciation, we take a look at our visitors and their exploration of Equal marriage for same-sex couples.
February 18, 2005
Stephen Harper: growing condemnation
There is growing condemnation of Stephen Harper's vicious attack against gay marriage, human rights, and the Canadian Charter. Japanese Canadians denounced Harper for playing politics with a historical wrong. Catholics criticized Harper for questioning the faith of the Catholic Prime Minister. The Family Services Association of Toronto defended gay families.
February 18, 2005
Chinese Canadians to Harper: not all alike
The Chinese Canadian National Council has issued a statement to Conservative Leader Stephen Harper that takes him to task for assuming all Chinese Canadians - and other ethnic minorities - hold the same position on the gay marriage issue. "... it is incorrect to say all Chinese or other ethnic minorities are against equal marriage," said Kristyn Wong-Tam.
February 18, 2005
Harper makes case for firing gay people
The President of the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour says he is alarmed that Conservative leader Stephen Harper continues to suggest that it should be alright to fire people because they are gay or lesbian. "We have long fought to protect workers from discrimination and we want Mr. Harper to stand up and be clear about his real views on this issue."
February 15, 2005
Celebrating Canada's leadership in rights
Gay marriage is here to stay, as more and more wedding shows indicates. Yesterday, the Pope (Canadian singer Carole Pope) announced the latest entry, The Same Sex Wedding Show, which will take place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on June 23 and 24th. Producer Tom Pearson writes about same-sex marriage and why he became involved.
February 5, 2005
Can't Conservatives get prioities straight?
Millions of dollars are being spent by the radical religious right to further their fight against gay marriage. Supremacist special interest groups are buying full-page newspaper advertisements, printing millions of brochures and mailers, opening scores of websites and paying the wages of hundreds of workers. Can't Conservatives & religious extremists get priorities straight?
February 2, 2005
Praise Prentice! Tory MP stands for liberty
Conservative MP Jim Prentice, a former leadership candidate, says he will support the gay marriage bill now before Parliament. Prentice stands for liberty, in stark contrast to Stephen Harper whose opposition to Charter rights is dragging the party to defeat, again. Harper's handling of same-sex marriage raises questions of leadership and direction in the party.
January 28, 2005
Tories play gay marriage numbers game
Without any credible argument against same-sex marriage, the Tory party recently relied on an old standby, an internal poll, to justify discrimination. Opponents of equality are trying to poll vault over our Charter rights. Carleton University student Kevin Flack has an interest in media and communications and took a closer look at the gay marriage numbers game.
January 25, 2005
Harper is not being "completely honest"
Conservative party Stephen Harper is promoting a "dishonest strategy" in response to gay marriage (Vancouver Sun). He is ignoring the fact that prohibiting same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. "Hollow brinkmanship", says the Victoria Times Colonist. Now 133 legal experts from Canada's universities challenge him to be "completely honest".
January 24, 2005
Putting a cork in M.P. discrimination
While it is always good to contact your Member of Parliament to voice support for gay marriage, actions speak louder than words. We recently received some emails from Ontario resident Anthony Carlucci, telling us how he and a friend have initiated a boycott of businesses that are based within political ridings held by MPs who are against same-sex marriage.
January 21, 2005
Harper draws the line ... to obscurity
If an election is scheduled for this year, Conservative leader Stephen Harper has sealed his fate as a loser, being unworthy to lead Canada, again. Yesterday he aligned his party with bigotry in a fight against gay marriage, using scare tactics to justify taking away Charter rights. Prime Minister Paul Martin (Liberal party) responded promptly, calling Harper "ridiculous".
January 19, 2005
Canadian military approves gay marriage
If one needs further assurance that same-sex marriage is going to become a reality for the rest of Canada, the Canadian Forces offers a good indicator. The military has created a policy directing military chaplains to enable gay marriage for its personnel. The policy is partly the result of legal victories, government direction, and years of work by military chaplains.
January 17, 2005
Donors climb new heights for gay marriage
Sima Sharifi & Arnold Witzig enjoy the challenges and adventures of life, whether standing atop the world's mountains, or climbing the summits of human rights. They understand it takes team work to make it happen, so on the occassion of their recent marriage, the couple called on friends to support gay marriage by requesting donations in lieu of gifts.
January 14, 2005
Send a Valentine for equal marriage
As we launch the 3rd annual Freedom to Marry Day (Valentine's Day - February 14, 2005) we invite you to join in the celebrations (if you live where rights are respected) and protests (if your rights are still denied). See our events section for further information on how you can participate. Meanwhile, send a Valentine in support of gay marriage.