Canada, Doing So Many Thing Better than “US”

by Accidental Bear
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When I grow up I want to be as smart as Canada. Amazing health ( compared to “US”) and offering equal rights to our gay brothers and sisters. Hard lessons take some time to learn and at times you have to beat it in. Canada, please pick up a club and give us a wack!

Same-sex couples mark 10th anniversary

Joe Varnell, left, and Kevin Bourassa of Toronto were the first North American gay men to be legally married.Joe Varnell, left, and Kevin Bourassa of Toronto were the first North American gay men to be legally married. (J.P. Moczulski/Associated Press)Two same-sex Canadian couples who made international headlines and North American history by being the first to be legally married, will renew their vows, along with 50 others, in a 10th-anniversary celebration Friday. 

Joe Varnell and Kevin Bourassa, along with Anne and Elaine Vautour, were the first same-sex couples to be married in Toronto at Riverdale’s Metropolitan Community Church on Jan. 14, 2001.

Since then, same-sex marriage has been upheld as a constitutional right across Canada. It has also become legal in several other countries and states.

But getting to this point has not come easy. There were court battles right up to the Supreme Court of Canada.

“I had no idea how huge this was going to be for so many people. It made a huge difference in the world,” said Anne Vautour.

The couple have buffed up their wedding rings for their big event. “After 10 years they’re looking a little scratchy, so we had them polished,” added Elaine Vautour.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2011/01/14/same-sex-marriage014.html#ixzz1B3x5OAT9


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