We encourage everyone to be proud of all thier family members and to show it, especially to politicians, and those who vote. Equal rights - equal marriage for all.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Could This Be The Direction North America Is Headed?

Nigeria Toughens Criminalization Of Gay Marriage Bill
by Newscenter Staff
April 13, 2006 - 12:01 am ET

(Abuja) A proposed law that would impose a prison sentence on same-sex couples who marry has been toughened by the Nigerian Senate to include anyone who attends a gay wedding or is a member of any LGBT organization.

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Thursday, April 06, 2006

Wedding Pictures

Here are a few wedding pictures. This year will be our third anniversary of our third marriage, and the only legal one.

In the spring of 1993 we were suppose to attend the mass marriage during the March On Washington. We were registered and everything. Unfortunately Sallee got sick and couldn't go. We did receive our certificate in the mail. That summer, July 31, 1993, we had a ceremony in our backyard with many friends in attendance.

When the British Columbia court declared that it was unconstitutional excluding same-sex couples from marrying, it was just a couple of weeks before our 10th anniversary. We worked at break neck speed to pull together a wedding. I was actually able to order and receive in time from Australia, a lovely Lavender hat with a long veil attached. The Goddess was with me on that one.

We rented a suite at a friendly hotel, ordered some food and flowers and invited some friends. B.C. has decentralized their marriage licensing, and one goes to designated insurance agents, and others to get one. I chose an agent in the narrowest building in the world. I believe it is a scant 4 feet wide. We were exhausted after all that, but very happy.

This year, 2006 we marked our 16th year together, may there be many more.

VALUE FAMILY not family values

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Milestone in the Netherlands

April 3 2006 marked the 5th anniversary of same-sex marriage in the Netherlands. This was the first same-sex marriage in the world in modern times.

I would point out that the sky has NOT fallen, nor has there been massive flooding from the dikes breaking. It would seem that "God" is not punishing the Dutch. Perhaps "He" is rewarding them for tossing the Puritans out all those years ago.

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Thursday, March 30, 2006

Canadians for Equal Marriage

I recieved this from Canadians for Equal Marriage. It seems that the new right wing government wants to "revisit" the equal marriage issue. No matter that the courts have declared it a protected right. Please read and help if you can.

Stephen Harper has issued a wake-up call to Canadians. He has made clear his government will table a motion to reopen the divisive debate on equal marriage. In his own words, this will happen “sooner rather than later” after Parliament resumes sitting on April 3.
When Mr. Harper became Prime Minister, our opponents went into high gear. When he appointed Vic Toews as Justice Minister, they cheered even more.

Vote Marriage Canada (formerly Defend Marriage Canada) gave ex-MP Pat O’Brien a new permanent job as its Executive Director. A few weeks later, Focus on the Family, the Canadian branch of a powerful American religious right organization, opened an office in Ottawa under the banner of the Institute for Marriage and Family Canada. IMFC is specifically focused on convincing MPs to support their “family values” agenda, starting with turning back the clock on equal marriage.

These are just two examples of how opponents of equal marriage, backed by their powerful American friends, are preparing to unleash a multi-million dollar campaign to take away those precious rights we fought so hard to establish.

With a vote looming and our opponents mobilizing we have no choice but to act. We can’t afford to stand idly by while millions of dollars are mobilized against us. We can’t afford not to answer this wake-up call as a vote in Parliament looms.

That’s why Egale is bringing back Canadians for Equal Marriage (CEM).
Of course, for Canadians for Equal Marriage to be effective it must be more than a rag tag group of volunteers. It needs the financial capacity to do what it did so effectively when Bill C-38 (the equal marriage bill) was before Parliament. CEM doesn’t need to match our opponents dollar for dollar, but CEM needs to be in the game - seriously in the game.

Canadians for Equal Marriage urgently needs your financial support if we are to ensure defeat of the Harper government’s motion. We must not be complacent! We cannot wait for the motion to be tabled – that will be too late. We need your help now!

Please go to and donate today. You can also make a donation by calling 613 237-3985 or by sending a cheque to Canadians for Equal Marriage, 310 – 396 Cooper Street, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 2H7.

Our opponents are quietly working behind the scenes to pressure and mislead MPs into believing they should re-open this divisive debate. They say the process by which the equal marriage bill passed was flawed and that debate was stifled. The truth is the bill was debated for 2 ½ years, long after all MPs had made up their minds. The truth is the bill would have passed whether or not there was Cabinet solidarity. Opponents are framing the issue as being about democracy, when really it’s about rolling back the clock on equality.

We need your help to get the message out, and to properly frame the debate in the media. We need a base in Ottawa, to mobilize our supporters and to maintain an active presence in the media. Your donation to is needed for us to preserve equal marriage and prevent Parliament from turning LGBT people into second-class citizens.

Canadians for Equal Marriage needs your help to get the message across to MPs who will be increasingly pressured by our well-funded opponents. We need your support to maintain and increase the slim lead in votes that we now appear to have. If we stand idly by that lead could easily be reversed. Please go to and donate today.

When Stephen Harper tables the motion to reopen the marriage debate, we need to have already secured the votes needed to defeat it. If we wait until then to act, it will be too late. It’s hard to believe that we need to convince MPs not to re-open the divisive marriage debate. But we do.

We urgently need your financial support. Please donate to Canadians for Equal Marriage today. You can make your donation online at, by phone to 613-237-3985 or by mail to Canadians for Equal Marriage, 310 – 396 Cooper Street, Ottawa, Ontario K2P 2H7.

We must not be complacent! We must be ready to defend our hard-fought rights. And we cannot do that without your financial support.

Thank you so much for your generosity.
Glen MurrayCanadians for Equal Marriage

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

VALUE FAMILY MEMBERS not family values

It is more important to value the members of your family for exactly who and what they are than it is to embrace a "system" of values that dictate hating some members of your family.

Politicians count on you blindly following the "system" and whipping you up in a frenzy to hate people in your own family, and people you meet in your everyday life. People that you know are good, loving, caring people.

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered people that you know are not the exception. Like every other group of people, we have our share of the good the bad and the ugly. People should not be accepted or rejected simply for their sexual orientation.

So stand up for your family and friends rights. Let the politicians know that you support your Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered family and friends. Vote only for politicians who openly support equal marriage and other human rights issues.

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