Advocacy news from 2006
December 13, 2006
Siksay fights discriminatory marriage policy
Bill Siksay, NDP (Burnaby-Douglas) spokes-person on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues and NDP critic for Citizenship and Immigration slammed Stephen Harper's Conservative government for a clearly discriminatory immigration policy that fails to recognize legal lesbian and gay marriages performed abroad.
December 8, 2006
Harper 1st post war PM to attack a minority
Conservative Stephen Harper has the dishonour of being Canada's 1st post-war Prime Minister to attack a Canadian minority group. Just this year, Harper apologized to Canada's Chinese community for discrimination. Will he apologize for his attack against gay marriage? Liberal MP Bill Graham delivered a speech asking what message is sent by a PM who panders to bigotry?
December 6, 2006
Stephen Harper tries to divide Canadians
Stephen Harper and his Conservative minority government insulted Canada's constitutional democracy today when it pandered to extremist Kristian fundamentalists by challenging the Charter rights of gays and lesbians, again. The motion is doomed to failure, so why do it? Harper is employing wedge-politics, aping the despised American Republican strategy. Notwithstanding, gay marriage is here to stay.
December 6 , 2006
What Canadians think about gay marriage
What do you think of same-sex marriage? What do you think of Stephen Harper's Conservative party reopening the debate on gay marriage? Steven Townsend, of Grimace TV, took a video camara to the streets to ask Canadians what they thought of the Conservative motion put forward for debate today in Parliament. Watch the four minute video as it spreads across the Youtube network.
Watch the video "What Canadians think about same-sex marriage"
November 30, 2006
Paul Martin: "Progress ... will not be denied"
Former Prime Minister Paul Martin criticized Stephen Harper's Conservative government plan to revisit gay marriage in Parliament next week. Martin spoke today at a Liberal Party convention in Montreal. "... when Canada needs to be tackling the challenges that the future will bring, the Conservatives look not forward but backwards revisiting old debates ... settling scores, tearing down rather than building up. "
November 23, 2006
Increased acceptance of gay marriage ahead
Mark Lehman first sent us his research on public opinion of gay marriage in 2003. The paper soon became one of the most read documents on this site, remaining in the top ten items until 2005 when the document was removed for updating. We are pleased to republish Mark's refreshed work: Affect change: The increased influence of attitudinal factors on Canadians' support for legal same-sex marriage.
November 23, 2006
Israeli Supreme court orders registration
Two days ago, the Israeli Supreme court agreed, in a 6 to 1 decision, that same-sex couples who married in Canada should be registered as married in Israeli. In a country where only religious marriage exists, opposite sex Israeli couples seeking civil marriage have been doing so in Cyprus for years. Now Canada offers similar hope for lesbian and gay couples seeking to have their gay marriage on record in Israel.
August 30, 2006
America: a symbol of hypocrisy & injustice?
"The false veneer of a "Bill of Rights" in the United States is rapidly becoming a synonym for hypocrisy and injustice in the eyes of all civilized nations of the world," writes gay marriage advocate Bud Evans. "Do countless numbers of same-sex couples have to flee to Canada, or some other progressive democracy, in order to avoid constitutionally mandated oppression in their home country, the United States of America?"
August 7, 2006
Message from U.K. frontline: protect Bill C-38
"We have lost our High Court case seeking a declaration of the validity of our legal Canadian marriage in the UK," report marriage advocates Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger. "We have been stripped of our marriage in our home country. In the UK, we are civil partners - not, as declared in Canada, wife and wife." It all part of a series of defeats in the ongoing struggle for equal marriage.
August 6, 2006
Message from U.S. frontline: "Mad as hell!"
Washington State’s Supreme Court ruled against same-sex couples seeking access to marriage last month, following the disgraceful judgment from New York's court. Marriage advocate Bill Dubay has worked for equality in his home state for decades, like many others, sometimes taking time out to give support to his Canadian neighbours. Bill wrote to us, sharing his thoughts on being officially second-class.
June 29, 2006
Gay marriage reality TV show seeks couples
Same-sex marriage reality TV show My Fabulous Gay Wedding is seeking couples planning to get married in the greater Toronto area between July and December 2006. The 2nd season, featuring new host Elvira Kurt, will highlight the diversity of the queer community focusing on the rich and dramatic stories of each relationship. Couples who are eager to share their story and their wedding are encouraged to apply.
June 26, 2006
Marriage advocates out for Pride Toronto
Marriage was once again a significant theme in Canada's largest Pride parade celebrations. In Toronto, advocates and leaders, couples and lawyers, unions and politicians: all were out in the streets celebrating equality and gay marriage. Wearing the "fearless" garb provided by Pride Toronto, we were honoured to bring up the rear of the parade on float number 80.
June 24, 2006
Marriage advocates are "fearless heroes"
Marriage advcoates are among a group being honoured by Pride Toronto in Canada's largest parade. Lawyers and couples involved in the landmark Ontario marriage court challenges have been invited to participate "in the first Pride Toronto float that will be honouring the fearless heroes and acts of heroism that have given meaning to celebrating Pride".
June 22, 2006
Gay Marriage: the story of a Canadian social revolution
Same-sex marriage pioneer Michael Hendricks reviews Sylvain Larocque's new book, Gay Marriage: The Story of a Canadian Social Revolution. "The weaknesses of Larocque's 'history' are directly related to its strengths ... A must read for anyone interested in the subjects of gay marriage and the reality of the Canadian political system ..."
June 1, 2006
A British marriage made in Canada
Marriage advocates Celia Kitzinger and Sue Wilkinson invite your support and provide the latest update days before their U.K. same-sex marriage court case: "We're the British lesbian couple who married in British Columbia in August 2003, following the historic decisions of the Canadian courts to open up marriage to same-sex couples, and who are seeking a declaration of the validity of our marriage in the UK."
March 30, 2006
Appeal from Quebec: stand up for equality
Familles d'aujourd'hui have placed Stephen Harper and his muzzled minority Conservative government on notice: do not attack Canadian families and their Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Harper has threatened to fight a war on freedom, creating a two-tier system of rights, targeting gay marriage and the rights of LGBT citizens. The group will fight the marginality, violence and hatred that Harper may inspire.
March 22, 2006
Business to Harper: support equal marriage
A survey released this week by the Gandalf Group reveals that Canadian business leaders want Stephen Harper and the Conservative party to drop plans to introduce unconstitutional legislation that would ban same-sex couples from marriage. Corporate leaders are a driving force in advancing equality and acceptance of lesbian, gay, bi, and transgender employees.
February 11, 2006
Gay marriage: a test in living our principles
Rachel Miller is an American heterosexual male cross-dresser, speaker and author. Marriage equality is being used as a wedge issue, writes Rachel, when human rights should be a common principal of a modern constitutional democracy. "Gay marriage is being used as a wedge issue to divide us, but it also has surprising power to unite us based on our most fundamental principles ..."
January 24, 2006
Harper's social agenda gets red light
Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party won last night's Canadian federal election, but with a smaller minority than the Liberal government it replaced. A thin hold on power means that social conservatives do not have a mandate to impose their agenda on Canadians. Gay marriage is not under immediate attack, but heightened vigilance against attacks on rights is needed more, starting today.
January 12, 2006
5th anniversary of the 1st legay gay marriage
"It was the beginning of the stripping away of another accepted wrong," wrote a Toronto Sun columnist after we were married on January 14, 2001 by the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto. Our pastor wore a bullet proof vest, while police in riot gear stood guard outside. The sanctuary was swept for bombs. It was a wedding unlike any other. This weekend marks the 5th anniversary of that historic day.