Former Prime Minister Jean Chretien gets International Role Model award for role in arrival of gay marriage in Canada.







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November 22, 2004

Former PM gets award for gay marriage
Jean Chretien: Equality Forum's 2005
International Role Model

Former Prime Minister Jean Chretien has been selected as Equality Forum's International Role Model for 2005 because of his role in ending marriage discrimination in Canada.

As Canada's Prime Minister, Jean Chretien championed same-sex marriage," stated Malcolm Lazin, executive director, Equality Forum. "In 2003, then Prime Minister Chretien called on Canadian citizens to support marriage equality. This impressive support by Mr. Chretien demonstrates the importance to Canadians of minority rights and separation of church and state."

"We are honored to bestow our 10th annual International Role Model Award to Jean Chretien," according to Joe Farrell, chair, Board of Directors, Equality Forum. "Mr. Chretien will attend to accept the award and speak about international GLBT civil rights."

The award will be presented on Friday, April 29 at the National Constitution Center, Independence National Historical Park at Equality Forum 2005.

"Jean Chretien is an especially worthy candidate. He is a devout Catholic, who adhered to his public responsibility of equality for all Canadian citizens," stated Michele Bogrette, vice president, Board of Directors. "With his impetus, most of Canada's provinces legally sanction same-sex marriage."

Distinguished leadership award for Kevin Bourassa and Joe Varnell from the Equality Forum

Canada was the featured nation in
Equality Forum 2004 where Kevin Bourassa and Joe Varnell received Equality Forum's Distinguished Leadership Award and former Justice Minister Martin Cauchon received the 2004 International Role Model Award.

Canada's former Justice Minister and Attorney General was honored by Equality Forum in Philadelphia for his role in bringing same-sex marriage to Canada.

Equality Forum presents the largest annual national and international gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) civil rights forum.

Equality Forum 2005 from Monday, April 25 to Sunday, May 1 has over 60 programs, parties and special events with more than 100 organizations participating. Equality Forum 2005 will highlight the 40th Anniversary of the start of the GLBT civil rights movement at a National Celebration on Sunday, May 1 in Independence National Historical Park.

Canadians involved in same-sex marriage battle honored in Equality Forum's 40th Anniversary of gay and lesbian civil rights movement.

Kevin Bourassa and Joe Varnell have been included in the list of "40 years 40 heroes"

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