written from Attawapiskat, Ontario (Go head, google it!)
Congratulations to everyone in New York who work so hard to achieve marriage equality! Here's hoping that the momentum continues and other states follow New York. For sure, the religious nut-jobs will be out in full force trying to get the legislation repealed.
When same sex-marriage became legal in Canada ten years ago, I'm sorry to say that I didn't support the measure; I didn't actively opposite it either. Rather, I was neutral on the subject. Being gay was just completely off my radar.
I thought, "Why would gay people need to get married? They can't have children!" At the time, I thought the only reason to get married was to provide protections for parents with children, such as maternity and parental leaves for people with natural or adoptive children. How wrong I was! Despite having been married for ten years myself, I was oblivious to the many dozens of other rights and protections given to married people.
Ten years ago, I would never in a million years have thought that I would hope to (eventually) meet some great guy and get married again.
Canada was the first country in the world to grant full marriage rights to same-sex couples. Since there is no residency requirement, same-sex couples from countries around the world come here to get legally married. The city of Toronto bills itself as the 'capital for same-sex marriages' with well over 6,000 such marriages performed. Please check out one of my earliest posts on 10th anniversary of same-sex marriages in Canada.'
A caution: Every LGBT American is well aware of what happened in California regarding same-sex marriage.
Unbelievably, Canada may be facing a similar situation. Two weeks ago, delegates at the Conservative Party convention voted to re-affirm their ban on same-sex marriage. The ruling Conservatives hold an absolute majority in the national parliament and in the Senate.
For more details, read all about it from this leading Canadian LGBT blogger, Slap Upside the Head.
The Supreme Court of Canada has never ruled on the constitutionality of a same-sex marriage ban. However, a bill to ban Canadian same-sex marriages in Canada would face serious difficulties.
Nine consecutive provincial court rulings have been won, stating that equal marriage is a right guaranteed by Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In the longer term, the Conservative government could appoint judges to change the makeup of the Supreme Court of Canada to include conservative judges who do not support same-sex marriage.
The bottom line: vigilance is required. The battle continues!