Gay and Lesbian Update – Special Edition

This monthly column features news and issues affecting gays and lesbians in Canada and around the world. Look for it on the second week of each month, only in The Voice.

Welcome to this special edition of Gay and Lesbian Update! The budget has passed!

Late Thursday, June 23, the Liberals and NDP passed the budget, with help from the Bloc Quebecois in passing a motion stating that the Conservatives were holding up the passing of the budget. The acceptance of the budget came after the NDP, Liberals and BQ voted to extend the session of the house to specifically deal with same-sex marriage legislation which is expected to pass easily.

The military has performed its first same-sex wedding. Two servicemen were married at CFB Greenwood in Nova Scotia by the military Chaplin.

Previous to this column, New Brunswick Judge Judy Clendenning ruled in favour of four couples, clearing the way for them to marry. Her ruling gave the province 10 days to allow for the necessary work, such as the changing of forms.

The bill to legalize same-sex marriage across Canada has passed the House of Commons. The vote was 158 to 133 in favour. Stephen Harper has vowed to repeal the bill if the Conservatives form the next government. In 1969, Liberal Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau decriminalized homosexuality. The bill to legalize same sex marriage, which remains “illegal” in Prince Edward Island, Alberta, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut still needs to pass the Senate, seen as only a formality, and receive royal assent. The monarch hasn’t used royal prerogative to veto legislation since the 1700s.

Quote of the Month

“I think there was a sense that many people thought they would never have seen something like this in their lifetimes and not in a negative way, but in a positive way,” Lt Cmdr David Greenwood of CFB Greenwood, in reference to the recent same-sex wedding there, June 14.

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