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Canada’s Royal Canadian Mint Issues Coin That Celebrates Marriage, Including Same Sex Marriage!

Gary Taxali a Toronto-based artist has teamed up with The Royal Canadian Mint to design a series of six 2012 celebratory coins reflecting a specific theme.

The coin that Taxali is most proud of is the wedding-themed coin, featuring two intertwining rings that represent a gender-neutral marriage.

I live in a country where gender is irrelevant and the coin has to represent that,” says Taxali. “I thought it would be a nice thing to represent that and to show two rings; is one a man and one a woman? Two men? Two women? It doesn’t matter what they are, they represent the union of two people.

“The Royal Mint really liked that idea because it represents the spirit of our nation and also, I think that it’s empowering to somebody and hopefully this calling will send a powerful message that we’re all the same and a wedding is a wedding. I think this is probably the first piece of currency in the world, paid by a federal government that is pro-wedding regardless of gender and that makes me really happy.”

After only 7 days Royal Mint is already sold out.   But they are taking future orders for the “wedding gift set” of coins.

Gee it must be nice to live in a “civilized” country.

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