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marriage for same-sex couples
They had received
tremendous support, information and knowledge from friends, family and supporters
who were on an email list with them throughout the process of the banns and their
wedding. They just decided to enlarge the concept. Kevin said, "After all it's
all about advocacy."
Although we had a government record of marriage, the Ontario registrar refused to register our marriage. At first, the Canadian federal and provincial governments found it acceptable to discriminate against its homosexual citizens. They were encouraged in their prejudice by faith groups who said that the sanctity of marriage would be violated if we were included (an argument used when racist laws prevented inter-racial marriages).
This web site was established in 2001, as MCC Toronto (with a legal team led by Douglas Elliott) went to Ontario court, in a case joined with couples who were seeking access to civil marriage, to obtain a court order forcing the government to recognize our marriage.
We respect the right of various faiths to hold their own beliefs. But we ask faiths to not impose their beliefs on us or on our Canadian politicians. Citizens everywhere must speak out against religious leaders who use their beliefs to turn their faithful against others. Stop the use of religion to promote hatred. End spiritual abuse.
This site documents our personal journey towards the legal recognition of our rights. We are privileged to have worked with so many motivated people, from across Canada and around the world. We hope this web site introduces you to their efforts and stories as well.
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