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William769 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 12:15 PM
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Canada Becomes 1st New World Country To Legalize Gay marriage
Ottawa) With the stroke of a vice-regal pen Canada becomes the fourth country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage.

The federal government's gay marriage legislation passed its final hurdle shortly before midnight following a raucous, emotional debate in the Senate. (story)

The final word in the debate came from Ione Christensen, the 71-year-old Liberal senator from the Yukon. To a hushed chamber Chistensen read an e-mail from a constituent.

"You have no idea what a difference it makes to the human spirit to know that you are treated equally under the law,'' the e-mail said.

http://www.365gay.com/newscon05/07/072005canadaRxn.htm


Lets hope it is contagious.
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Chipper Chat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 12:17 PM
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1. Canada - a progresive country to admire.
Kinda puts "The Shining City On the Hill" to shame doesn't it?
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William769 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 12:19 PM
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2. Yes it does.
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getmeouttahere Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 12:19 PM
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3. Contagious everywhere but....
the U.S., where BushCo is immune to any benign human rights infections!
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Jax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 12:21 PM
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4. Bravo!!! Well done Canada
At least our great neighbors believe we are all equal under the law.

b*sh, his borg followers, have to go.
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Village Idiot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 12:30 PM
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5. At least those scumbags in Ottawa got ONE thing right!!!
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Maple Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 03:20 PM
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6. Actually the Cons
opposed it, but thank heavens the Liberals, NDP and Bloc got it past them anyway.
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Zorra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 06:07 PM
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14. Nice tongue-in cheek-qualifier.
;-)
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TaleWgnDg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 04:14 PM
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7. Again, I say . . .
Edited on Wed Jul-20-05 04:36 PM by TaleWgnDg
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Again, I say (as I stated earlier when another DUer posted this in DU as a "done deal" a few weeks back), gay marriage in all of Canada is NOT LEGAL until all necessary legislative actions are completed including Royal assent. The last time I posted this in DU, the Canadian lower legislative body had voted in the affirmative for gay marriage; however, the upper legislative body had not had its vote as yet.

Now that the upper body -- the Canadian Senate -- has voted in the affirmative to allow gay marriage all across Canada, it remains that the Governor-General must sign a "royal assent" before gays may marry in all Canadian provinces and territories. See, e.g., The Globe and Mail, "Senate Approves Same-sex Marriage," By Gloria Galloway and Oliver Moore, Wednesday, July 20, 2005, page A8 at http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPSt... (where it states, "Bill C-38 still must go to the Governor-General for royal assent, which is automatic.").

Well, "automatic" or no, same-sex marriage remains illegal in some Canadian provinces and territories until the Royal assent is proclaimed.

My congratulations to Canada's legislature, both houses, and its people for being the most progressive and empathic nation in both Americas continents, north or south.

And, for those gay American couples wishing to make travel plans to Canada solely to marry. Don't until it's legal which occurs when "royal assent" is proclaimed.

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edited to add: Welcome to DU, William769 :hi:


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Spazito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 04:54 PM
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8. Gay marriage is NOW legal in 7 provinces and 1 Territory
without the actions of the legislature. You are correct that the GG has to sign which should happen by the end of today but to say to people their same sex marriage would not be legal until she signs is not correct.

What the legislation does is make it the law of the land in ALL provinces and territories including those like Alberta who will have to adhere to the law much to their red necked dismay.
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Maple Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:41 PM
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11. Yup, it's been a done deal
in Ontario for over 2 years now. Almost as long in BC and Quebec.

Finally built up to 7 provinces.

This just extends it to everyone, everywhere in the country, without gay couples having to sue in each province.

We've had lots of marriages already.
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David Zephyr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 06:06 PM
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13. Another Link.
"Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin signed the legislation making it law, hours after it was approved by the Senate late Tuesday night despite strong opposition from Conservatives and religious leaders." http://news.yahoo.com/fc/world/gays_and_lesbians

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Lisa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:37 PM
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19. she'll sign
Her Excellency would have to develop a pretty severe cramp in her writing arm to put this one off!




http://www.gg.ca/menu_e.asp


Oh, I see Madame Clarkson's coming to my town next week. Wouldn't it be cool if a pro-Bill C-38 cheering crowd showed up? (Gotta go -- think I'll make a few phone calls.)
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saskatoon Donating Member (574 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:10 PM
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9. Canada, My regards
They must not have as many Fundamentalists there as there are here.
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0007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:29 PM
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10. Good for Canada!
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David Zephyr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 06:01 PM
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12. Kick!
The Netherlands, Belgium, Spain and now Canada.

Juxtapose this with Bush's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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steely Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 06:30 PM
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15. I second the motion.
Bravo Canada!
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karlrschneider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 07:19 PM
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16. Canada enters the 21st Century while knuckledragging ignorant bigots
in the USA work to take us back to the 14th.
:grr:
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glenna Donating Member (1 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:23 PM
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17. gay marriage
O.K. guys this is my first post, but I am am a 2 year lurker
so please be nice!  Why is this gay deal even news?  Who
cares?  Be happy!  Live, Love and be happy!!
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VegasWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:25 PM
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18. Lucky us ended up with the Puritans. We still can't get rid of them. nt
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geebensis Donating Member (225 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:41 PM
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20. Too bad it's so cold there
Would be nice to live in such a tolerant place.
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VegasWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:42 PM
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21. Didn't they already or are in the process of taking over some Carribean
Islands?
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geebensis Donating Member (225 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:44 PM
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22. Now you're talking...
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ruggerson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 12:05 AM
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23. KICK
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drhilarius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 12:07 AM
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24. Hey ,Canadians, send me a postcard...
Edited on Thu Jul-21-05 12:13 AM by drhilarius
from the 21st century. I want to know what it looks like.
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kestrel91316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 12:30 AM
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25. Oh that's JUST GREAT .............................
now * is going to have to bomb Canada. Have to stop all the evil in the world, ya know.

(sarcasm off)
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PartyPooper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 12:33 AM
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26. So, will the Amerikans forbid same-sex married couples from entering
the US from Canada? Do they hate gays that much?

And, what about us gays in the US going to Canada to get hitched? Will we not be recognized on the return journey?

Just wondering.

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sarahf Donating Member (13 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 12:45 AM
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27. momentum
Good to see momentum in the right direction.
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noshenanigans Donating Member (778 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 01:12 AM
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28. What're the qualifications for citizenship, again? n/t
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