As a queer woman, and an author of queer fiction, any cause that supports the LGBTQ population is aces in my books.
As a Canadian, I've got to admit, there are certain things I take for granted. Same-sex marriage is a big one.
If I were a generation older, I might feel differently. I might have been more involved, whether personally or politically, in establishing this right for gay and lesbian Canadians. But I'm only in my thirties, so marriage wasn't much on my mind the first time I saw an queer wedding.
|Rev Brent Hawkes: Rock Star!|
Those two marriages were put through the legal wringer, and not registered until 2003, after an Ontario Court of Appeals ruling. It was finally determined that, by restricting legal marriage to hetero couples, Canadian laws violated citizens' equality provisions under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. That needed to change, and it did change.
Ontario was the first Canadian province to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, but the rest of the country wasn't far behind. By the time the Federal government enacted Bill C-38 in 2005, formally legalizing same sex marriage throughout the country, only 2 provinces and 2 territories had NOT already started allowing gay men and lesbians to marry legally.
This all feels like another lifetime, to me, even though 2001 was scarcely a dozen years ago. The battles have been fought and won here in Canada. Of course, there's always more to be done. At the moment, Ontario is leading the way in formal rights for trans people like my girlfriend. This year, it was deemed that a trans man or trans woman did NOT have to undergo "bottom surgery" in order to have their gender changed on legal documentation. That's an incredible feat.
I've never been married and I've never been much of a "yay marriage" sort of person, but I still recognize that the right ought not be denied any couple (or more, but that's another matter altogether) on the basis of gender. The denial of rights to LGBTQ people is a clear indication of the "secret" marriage of church and state, particularly in America. Okay, it's no secret, is it?
Well, that was a bit more of a history lesson than I intended it to be, but it's been on my mind throughout the American electoral season. It's impossible to ignore American politics when you live next door. You can close the windows, but damn it's loud over there! LOL
My Charity Sip is called "To Dream of Her True Love's Face" and you can find it at Torquere Press and Rainbow Ebooks.
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