Advocacy Events - Troy Perry at Halifax Marriage Celebration
August 17, 2021
Troy Perry at Halifax marriage celebration
By Kevin Bourassa and Joe Varnell
The Rev. Elder Dr. Troy Perry, founder of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC), will speak at a Halifax gala celebrating the first year anniversary of the arrival of equal marriage in Nova Scotia.
Perry has praised Canada for leading the way in gay marriage, a message he has spread across the United States and in Toronto, Calgary, and soon Halifax.
"Thank God for this country, thank God for this province, thank God for good attorneys and thank God for good judges," Rev. Perry said in July 2003 when he arrived in Toronto to marry his longtime partner Phillip De Blieck.
The charismatic preacher has long been an advocate of same-sex marriage, both in the U.S., and in Canada. As early as 1972, Quebec musical couple Michel Girouard and Rejean Tremblay had Perry's support in advocating marriage equality within that province. The gay icon is justly proud that the Court of Appeal in Ontario made our marriage, along with the Vautours, solemnized by the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto, the world's first legal same-sex marriages (January 14, 2001).
Gala attendees are in for a rousing oration from this former Baptist who brings audiences to their feet, carried by a cadence that comes from the American south.
The Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project is hosting the “Big Gay Wedding Anniversary” on Saturday September 24. Comedian Bette MacDonald will be the Guest MC. The Gala promises to be a night to remember with well over 250 people expected in attendance.
This year proceeds from the event will be shared with Safe Harbour Metropolitan Community Church (this is part of a weekend of celebration marking Safe Harbour’s 14 years in Halifax). The congregation has been a champion of equal marriage, through couples like Sue and Nicky Perkins and Ross Boutilier and Brian Mombourquette.
NSRAP, according to their press release is "an incorporated, nonprofit society that seeks to foster change in our communities and our society at large so that people of all sexual orientations and identities are valued and included. NSRAP achieves this through community development, networking, outreach and political action."
Tickets for this event are $75 each, or $700 for a table of ten.
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