The court decision (in French)
writing is on the wall for those who oppose equal marriage rights.The contrast
with what's happening in Bush's America is striking ...He should look north and
ask, 'defend it [marriage] from what? As every day goes by Canadians see the sky
March 19, 2004
marriage is legal in Quebec!
judgment declares as a matter of principle that the judgments in the courts of
one province, when they deal with the validity of federal statutes and where the
attorney general of Canada was involved, have effect elsewhere."
Congratulations to Michael Hendricks and René LeBoeuf and all their supporters for today's tremendous victory. We received the following note today from our friends and fellow advocates who have been working for years on behalf of same-sex marriage in Quebec. The couple have also been active supporters of our effort in Ontario.
At 2:30 PM we are going down to the Courthouse to submit our application for a marriage licence (for the third time --- once in 1998, again in 2000) but with a lawyer and a court order. The 20 day posting of the bans still applies so we will be able to marry on or after April 7. [Michael and René were able to get permission to wave the 20 day waiting period, due to their long public battle in the courts and they will be married on April 1, 2004 in honour of the date same-sex marriages became legal in the Neterlands].
A clean sweep.
But the best part is that the 5 judge court ruled unanimously that the Ontario decision (Halpern) applies to all the provinces since it is about a federal issue and went uncontested. This is a first and means (on paper) that equal marriage now is legal in every province.
Thanks to all of you folks who have supported us over the last 5 and one-half years!
Hendricks and René LeBoeuf