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June 24, 2006 5:45 PM

Giving Margaret Somerville the last word

The good doc (both earned and hon.) has received her award. She favours queer civil unions, but not marriage, where the rights of children and of adults clash. "I'm pro gay rights and I'm anti discrimination against gays…. But I think same-sex marriage

June 8, 2006 12:05 PM

The wrong reason

Unaccountably famed ethicist Margaret Somerville has always argued that marriage is hetero because heteros say it is. Her argument's a squirming stain to those who believe in, well, the clean lines of logic. So opposition to Ryerson University's offer

June 2, 2006 1:20 PM

Any excuse to freak

As usual, much screeching and squealing amongst the religious right and the homo middle today as the Stephen Harper minority guv'mint announces that yes, an election promise will be fulfilled: there'll be a free vote on gay marriage in the House of Commons

May 26, 2006 11:31 AM

Mmmmmurf bluuuumph urggggggmble -- ha! I'm free! I phreeeeeeghm maaaaarfle mmmmmmmmmmmm

"The Prime Minister's Office has warned Conservative MPs not to comment on the marriage next month of two gay RCMP constables. "The gag order went to all MPs, but was aimed at 'the small minority who might say something stupid,' one caucus member said."

May 17, 2006 11:45 AM

Who'll blink?

Whither legal gay nuptials? Canadians for Equal Marriage "research indicates that 158 MPs would vote against re-opening, 137 would vote for it, and 12 are undecided or will abstain." The complete text of the press release is in the comments section

May 4, 2006 4:07 PM

Segregate properly

The queer lobby group Egale Canada has put out a press release complaining about the Census Canada questionnaires, which ask same-sex married folk to tick on the "other" option, instead of on the "husband or wife" option. Of course, common-law spouses

April 5, 2006 3:06 PM

Did we forget gay marriage? Er, no.

Homo marriage was noticeably absent from yesterday's Throne Speech, but it's still on the block. "The federal Conservatives say they will follow through on a campaign promise to hold a free vote in the House of Commons on same-sex marriage," it sez here.

March 24, 2006 12:46 PM

More peace, order, and good government

Additional heterosexual Canadian history, again taken from the February 2001 Beaver. This'un aboot charivari. An old codger who marries a sweet young thing, a widow who hitches up a little too soon after, an overly keen cad who weds a rich and on-her-last-legs

February 21, 2006 10:34 AM

So yesterday, dahlink

Gay marriage is legal in, what, four countries or something? And it's already a pop-culture cliché. On Friday, a Canadian athlete proposed to a teammate by placard. "Montrealer Dominique Maltais celebrated her Olympic bronze medal in the women's snowboard

January 27, 2006 10:30 AM

Two solitudes

Two completely different news stories on same-sex marriage in my French- and English-language dailies this morning. In the Montreal Gazette (and also here): "Stephen Harper says he wants to move quickly as leader of a fractious new Parliament to reopen

January 24, 2006 9:10 AM

The sun'll come up, tomorrow

Yep, there it is. So, a minority Conservative government in leftie Canukistan. You'll recall that all the suspected homos, both out and closeted, fled the federal Tories a while back. And straight supporter Belinda Stronach followed a bit later by

January 20, 2006 2:28 PM

I'll huff and I'll puff...

... and I'll invoke notwithstanding. Here's a quick rundown of how the Constitution's opt-out right (ha ha, there's that word again) has been used in the past, as noted a recent piece by La Presse's Yves Boisvert: The federal government has never had

January 20, 2006 1:52 PM

Some rights are better than others

Rights do not mystically exist in the ether of the universe. They are not inherent, but rather the creation of human beings. We discuss, debate, and bestow rights upon each other. Some believe in certain rights that others do not believe in. Like gay

January 20, 2006 1:17 PM

Ne pressez pas le bouton de panic

Those of you giving yourselves heart palpitations over the Canuckistan election should just take a valium (tm). Yes, prime-minister-in-waiting Stephen Harper is a social conservative and there will be problems if he's elected. But. Memo to right-wing

January 19, 2006 1:05 PM

She likes us, she really likes us!

My stars and garters, professional right-winger and queer hate-monger Babs Amiel has come out in favour of gay marriage. The world is just topsy-turvy. "Sir Elton John married his Canadian sweetheart David Furnish just before Christmas and yes, I wish

January 9, 2006 2:44 PM

Flavah of the week

More obligatory election. The Liberals have a new televison ad which features lesbians, while the Conservatives continue to shoot themselves in the foot over gay marriage. And the Grits are digging up more homo marriage dirt on the Tories. Meanwhile,

December 1, 2005 9:39 AM

The only time I will bring this up

It's been two days, and I'm still puzzling out why Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper brought up gay marriage of his own accord during this already tedious election race. He'll allow a free vote, meaning he'll dump it. Harper -- and his pollsters

November 1, 2005 6:52 PM

Modern family ties

My sweetie and I are not married; we're common-law. So this, Isˇ

August 10, 2005 9:57 AM

Take my wife -- please

People of good will express visceral hatred for stereotypes. Lazy blacks, Italian mafiosos, drunk Irish. Which brings me to same-sex marriage. A bigot would say that guys aren't gonna get hitched, because they're too promiscuous to settle down. And many

August 2, 2005 12:42 PM

The fear of children

In its July 21 editorial applauding same-sex marriage, the Globe and Mail noted: "To deny homosexuals the blessing of marriage was not only cruel but stupid. Cruel, because it marked them as lesser beings, unlikely to form lasting bonds of affection and

July 15, 2005 11:30 AM

Harry Pootter

Wheeee! Everyone needs a hit of Petter, Pitter, er, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Collected dish: Pope thinks Harry's Evil; the scoop on burning Harry; the ban on reading or talking about Harry (and not a peep of protest from the losers at

July 12, 2005 4:48 PM

Booing Svend Robinson

Despite his resignation from the House of Commons, Svend Robinson's unfortunately still influential opinions are seriously screwing over the gay and lesbian rights movement. "When I graduated from Burnaby North Secondary School in 1969, homosexuality

July 10, 2005 8:11 PM

Oh, if only queer wedding announcements read like this one

"South Bend, Indiana, October 26 -- Grace Gilbert -- who has been the 'bearded lady' attraction of several road shows, was married here today to Giles E. Calvin, a farmer, of Kalkaska, Mich. The bride has a beard 18 inches long, while the groom boast

June 30, 2005 10:02 AM

Cue the violin

Today's papers report that the Senate will sit through July to pass same-sex marriage and budget numbers. The House of Commons reconvenes at the end of September, but His Nibs Paul Martin has promised an election once the Gomery Inquiry into the corruption

June 28, 2005 5:09 PM

How strong and proud is our community: Please oh please, can we be a part of your club? Hunh? Pretty please?

Bill C-38, the same-sex marriage legislation, is through the House of Commons (158 votes to 133), and now it's off to the Senate, where poobahs have promised speedy passage. Bla bla here. A politician's self-congratulatory giddiness here. Meanwhile,

June 28, 2005 8:24 AM

Drat, do I have to?

On the plus side, your cantankerous Canadian scribe, without an electronic tablet upon which to engrave her scribbles, has been freed from the hourly agony of posting updates on the ludicrous same-sex wedding shenanigans in the House of Commons. I'd

June 21, 2005 10:11 AM

Draw a stick figure, arms flailing; now add flames burning up his little round head. SATAN! SATAN!

"A parish priest in Paul Martin's riding says he's praying the prime minister will lose his seat in the next federal election because he's doing the devil's bidding on same-sex marriage," it sez here. "Father Francis Geremia delivered his message in

June 16, 2005 9:23 AM

Happy Pride Day to all

Item: "For the first time in the two years since gay marriage was declared legal in British Columbia a same-sex couple has divorced." The two women were married in 2003, when the province's top court struck down het-only weddings. But of course, divorce

June 14, 2005 7:49 PM

He hates gay marriage soooooo much

Ontario politico Pat O'Brien, who jumped from the ruling Grits to sit as an independent, might -- just might -- bring down the Canadian government tonight. A series of financial (and therefore confidence) votes are scheduled for 10 pm Ottawa time, and

June 6, 2005 6:16 PM

Out into the backyard to pick worms

It's obligatory, I suppose, to mention that federal Liberal Pat O'Brien (an Ontario member of Parliament) quit the ruling party today to sit as an independent. O'Brien can't stand the thought of gay marriage (or the thought of something gay, anyway).
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