Gay Canadian judge 'proud' of role in landmark U.S. case on same-sex marriage

Mar 25, 2013 Full story: Ottawa Citizen

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments this week in a landmark case that could see America's controversial Defense of Marriage Act repealed, the gay Ontario judge who performed the 2007 same-sex wedding at the heart of the legal battle is expressing his deep pride in Canada's global leadership on marriage equality.

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Since: May 07

Sausalito, CA

#1 Mar 25, 2013
He should rightly be proud. But not to detract from Canada's accomplishment -- the Netherlands were the 1st in the world (in 2000), as they so often have been in such matters. I salute the Dutch for being the world leader in moral issues, and the Canadians for having the courage to bear Europe's torch through the North American continent, not to forget the South Africans as the first country in Africa, and Argentina as the first in South America.

As usual, some of the most prominent 'christian' countries such as the US and Brittain have been conspicuous in their absence from the leadership podium. Instead they chose to hinder others wishing to step up to the plate. But history will record each nation's contribution, just as it has kept a record of who readily abolished slavery 200 years ago and who kicked against it in financial self-interest.

Since: Dec 08

Toronto, ON, Canada

#2 Mar 26, 2013
Umninimuzi wrote:
He should rightly be proud. But not to detract from Canada's accomplishment -- the Netherlands were the 1st in the world (in 2000), as they so often have been in such matters. I salute the Dutch for being the world leader in moral issues, and the Canadians for having the courage to bear Europe's torch through the North American continent, not to forget the South Africans as the first country in Africa, and Argentina as the first in South America.
As usual, some of the most prominent 'christian' countries such as the US and Brittain have been conspicuous in their absence from the leadership podium. Instead they chose to hinder others wishing to step up to the plate. But history will record each nation's contribution, just as it has kept a record of who readily abolished slavery 200 years ago and who kicked against it in financial self-interest.
Remember that Brazil kept slavery till 1888. Will be interesting to see if they beat the US on legalizing same sex marriage.

“God made in the image of man”

Since: May 07

Sausalito, CA

#3 Mar 26, 2013
JohnInToronto wrote:
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Remember that Brazil kept slavery till 1888. Will be interesting to see if they beat the US on legalizing same sex marriage.
Exactly right, John. The race is on! I think this time the US is going to lose to Brazil -- and possibly also to Uruguay, Nepal, Taiwan ...(the list goes on). We in the US may eventually have to fight aother civil war over it, because some would insist we are a 'christian' country.

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