Jun 142005

Sometimes I actually am proud to be Canadian.

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Airbase hosts 1st military gay wedding

CBC News

Two men were married in the chapel at Nova Scotia’s Greenwood airbase in May, in what’s being called the Canadian military’s first gay wedding.

Lt.-Cmdr. David Greenwood, the base’s head chaplain, said a sergeant and a warrant officer were married May 3 in front of about 45 guests.

“This couple had been waiting a very long, long time,” said Greenwood, declining to give their names because he hadn’t asked for permission.

In September, the Nova Scotia Supreme Court ruled that banning same-sex marriages is unconstitutional, effectively changing the definition of marriage in the province to “the lawful union of two persons to the exclusion of all others.”

The military has said it’s willing to host gay weddings in jurisdictions where it’s legal.

A low-key marriage ceremony

Greenwood, an Anglican, did not perform the marriage but he did make the arrangements for the service while a United Church minister from nearby Wolfville performed the vows.

“I looked after the co-ordination in accordance with our military policy of receiving the couple with dignity and respect,” said Greenwood.

“I was there to preach and welcome the community on behalf of the base chaplaincy.”

While most Anglican dioceses in Canada do not perform same-sex marriages, the Canadian church has postponed its official decision until 2007.

Greenwood said the ceremony was relaxed and low-key, and there wasn’t a dry eye in sight when the couple signed the marriage documents.

Greenwood said he has been told that a second same-sex marriage may be in the works this year, at CFB Valcartier in Quebec.

Same-sex marriage legal in 7 provinces, 1 territory

In 2004, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Ottawa has exclusive jurisdiction to decide who has the right to get married in this country, but that religious groups are not obliged to perform unions against their beliefs.

Federal politicians are now considering a same-sex marriage bill.

Currently, same-sex marriages performed in seven provinces and one territory are legal and must be recognized. Same-sex marriages are not performed in Alberta, New Brunswick, P.E.I., Nunavut and the Northwest Territories, but the Nunavut government will recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere.

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  5 Responses to “and now for something that has absolutely nothing to do with Ovarian Cancer”

  1. Have I ever mentioned how proud I am to be a Canadian right now? And this pride, it is different from just general national pride like “I am proud to be American” or “I am proud to be French.” I am proud to be Canadian at this very moment in time. Our country is working so hard towards equal human rights for everyone. And that makes me so happy. I love reading things like this. Thanks so much.

  2. yes, and the added bonus is knowing the George W. Bush is probably gnawing through his wrists over this.

    Everybody wins!

  3. Yeah it’s pretty kewl.

    I give it 8 months before the boy-boy soldier marriage porn starts hitting the American market. With a Mountie special guest star no doubt.

  4. Does Disney still own the image of the Mounties?

    The Disney factior could make your porn idea even more interesting.

  5. You know, the next time I hear the “Star Spangled Banner” I’m just going to hum “Oh, Canada” in my head. Your country is just millions of miles ahead of mine — in human rights, in national healthcare, in cool people. Sigh.

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