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Advocacy Events - 2005

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September 29, 2005

Bigger than Jesus: challenging 'the truth'

Bigger than Jesus: asking questions about being equal under GodGay marriage has brought about wide-spread questioning of religious dogma. "Raising questions is more important than answering them," says Rick Miller. "Those who claim to have answers - to possess 'the Truth'- are, in my humble opinion, both unwise and dangerous." So Rick co-created the hit show, Bigger than Jesus, returning to Toronto's Factory Theatre on Sept. 29 for a "faith equality night".

Read "Bigger than Jesus: challenging 'the truth'"


September 24, 2005

Troy Perry at Halifax marriage celebration

Troy Perry at Halifax marriage celebrationThe Rev. Elder Dr. Troy Perry, founder of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC Toronto solemnized the first legal gay marriages in 2001), will speak at a Halifax gala on September 24. The celebration marks the first year anniversary of the recognition of same-sex marriage in Nova Scotia.

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September 18, 2005

MCC Toronto invites marriage supporters

MCC Toronto invites marriage supporters to an expression of appreciation for passage of Bill C-38The Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto, home of the first lawful lesbian and gay marriages, issued an invitation to all supporters of same-sex marriage. Please join us at 9 or 11 a.m. on Sunday, September 18 for an expression of appreciation for the passage of Bill C-38. All are welcome, but RSVP for limited seating. Can't attend? Messages are welcome!

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June 16-30, 2005

Toronto showcases history of queer identity

Making history: toronto showcases history of queer identity.Artifacts associated with the historic January 14 2oo1 marriage of Kevin Bourassa and Joe Varnell will be exhibited during Toronto's Pride celebrations. The marriage was the first legal marriage for a gay couple. The exhibition, Making History: Construction of Queer Identity, is at the qu-Art Gallery, 125 King St. East from June 16 to 30.

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May 1, 2005

Equality Forum: 40 years, 40 heroes

Canadians involved in same-sex marriage battle honored in Equality Forum's 40th Anniversary of gay and lesbian civil rights movement.Philadelphia: Equality Forum's 40th Anniversary Celebration of the gay and lesbian civil rights movement will be held in Philadelphia's Independence National Historical Park on May 1, 2005. Thirty-seven individuals, a company, and two couples involved in the fight for gay marriage, will be honored as heroes from the 40 year movement for equality.

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April 9 - 10, 2005

Religious faithful rally for gay marriage

Religious faithful rally for gay marriage April 9 and 10Hundreds of participants representing a broad range of faith groups, including Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, Quakers, Sikhs, and Unitarians are expected to rally in support of gay marriage in cities across Canada this weekend. Events are planned in Halifax, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.

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February 14 to 18, 2005

Marriage check-up for same-sex couples

Marriage check-up for Ontario couples from Feb. 14 to Feb. 18, 2005In the years that have passed since the historic 2003 victory for gay marriage, couples have claimed their human right and shared, with opposite sex couples, the joys and challenges of marriage. We've already seen the first divorce of a same-sex marriage, so it is great to know that OAMFT is offering support through a free marriage checkup.

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February 14, 2005

Freedom to Marry Day in Canada

Freedom to Marry - Valentine's Day (Feb. 14) day of action and celebration in support of gay marriage.As we celebrate the fourth anniversary of the first legal same-sex marriages in Canada, we think of gay and lesbian couples who live in areas that still deny Charter rights. Join the 3rd annual Valentine's Day of actions and celebrations. If you are in an area that respects rights, celebrate and give thanks, otherwise, demand access to gay marriage.

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February 11, 2005

Vancouver rally to support Charter rights

Vancouver rally in support of Charter and equal marriage on Feb. 11 at 9:45 a.mThe Young Liberals of Canada in Vancouver, British Columbia, are spearheading efforts to put together a non-partisan rally in Vancouver to support Charter rights and equal marriage. Supporters are invited to gather:

Friday, February 11, 2005 at 9:45 a.m.
Meet at Vancouver Art Gallery (Georgia and Howe)
March from gallery to the BC Courthouses

"This is not just about the Liberal Party," says organizer Braeden Caley, "it is a human rights policy that desperately needs all the support it can get."

For additional information, please contact Braeden Caley, Director of Policy, UBC Young Liberals of Canada, at 604-809-9951 or 604-506-5910.


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