As early as this autumn, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will apologize on behalf of all Canadians to those who were imprisoned, fired from their jobs or otherwise persecuted in the past because of their sexuality.
That apology is a key element in a broad range of reforms that will collectively represent one of the greatest advances for sexual minorities in Canada’s history.
“This is a long-awaited moment and a very emotional moment, to be honest,” said Helen Kennedy, executive director of Egale, a national organization that advocates for the rights of sexual minorities. “For the government to recognize the damage that it caused, the harm that it caused, to thousands and thousands of Canadians is a historic moment for our communities.”
Oh Canada and Justin? Please adopt me. I’ll even do the ironing.
Earlier this week the equal marriage bill for England and Wales once again been passed in the House of Commons. all amendments added in the House of Lords were accepted, it will not be required to go back to the Lords.
Queen Elizabeth II wasting no time gave her royal stamp of approval, clearing the way for the first same-sex weddings next summer.
The law enables gay couples to get married in both civil and religious ceremonies in England and Wales, provided that the religious institution consents. The Church of England, the country’s official faith, is barred from performing such ceremonies.
It also will allow couples who had previously entered into civil partnerships — which were introduced in 2005 and carry similar rights and responsibilities to marriage — to convert their relationships to marriage.
The queen’s approval was a formality and is the last step necessary for a bill to become law.
Congratulations to the LGBT Community of Great Britain!
This, now more than ever reinforces my belief that we would have been better off losing the Revolutionary War.
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.
The Argentine Senate debate went on for 14 hours and didn’t end till the wee hours of the morning but when all was said and done the Argentine Senate APPROVED same sex marriage with a 33 -27 vote. The Bill will now go to President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner who has been a staunch supporter or marriage equality and has vowed to sign the bill immediately.
The bill passed despite a concerted campaign by the Roman Catholic Church and evangelical groups, which drew 60,000 people to a march on Congress earlier this week.As debate dragged into the wee hours, supporters and opponents held rival vigils throughout the frigid night outside the Congress building in Buenos Aires.
Argentina now becomes the first country in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide, granting gays and lesbians all the same rights and responsibilities that heterosexuals have. These include many more rights than civil unions, including adopting children and inheriting wealth. The proposed law broadly declares that “marriage provides for the same requisites and effects independent of whether the contracting parties are of the same or different sex.”
The vote came after Sen. Daniel Filmus urged fellow lawmakers to show the world how much the society has matured. “Argentina is providing a demonstration of its maturity. The society has grown up. We aren’t the same as we were before,” he said.
Now if only America would grow-up.
Watch the crowds reaction as the passage is announced.
An estimated ONE MILLION people attended the annual pride parade in downtown Toronto on Sunday making it the largest Pride Celebration in North America
Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke marched in memory of his son, Brendan, who died in a car crash earlier this year. Before he died, Brendan made headlines for coming out and fighting for tolerance in professional sports. Marilyn Byers was marching to support her gay son.
“Some people say, ‘Why do you need this?’” Byers said. “We don’t need it but we want it because it’s a celebration of who we are, both gay, straight, everybody is here.”
Canada became the third country legalizing same-sex marriage in 2006 and six couples got married in front of the crowds on their float thanks to mancrunch.com — a same-sex online dating service that helps people find their perfect match.
Georgi Georgi and Brenda Lehman could barely contain their excitement as they waited in line to wed.
“I’m on top of the world,” Georgi said, before her bride to be called it a, “dream come true.”
Toronto’s Pride festivities have grown since their beginnings as a 1981 street demonstration opposing police raids of bathhouses, with wider community acceptance growing as well.
Sunday’s parade followed Saturday’s Dyke March, which was capped off with an evening performance at Queen’s Park by eighties pop singer Cyndi Lauper.
Could someone from Canada PLEASE sponsor me so I can immigrate? I WANT TO BE YOU!