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Lecture 11

Lecture 11: Gay and Lesbian Families

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Ping- Chun Hsiung

Gay and Lesbian Families 03/04/2013 6:24:00 PM SOCB49 – Lecture 11 (Mar. 25 2013) Gay and Lesbian Families A Brief History  May 1999: Supreme Court of Canada. Gay and lesbian couples can enjoy the same unions as heterosexual couples, BUT it cannot be legalized.  June 8 1999: Parliament vote, 216-55. o Definition of marriage is already clear, and has no intention of changing it. o Majority of judges and parliament members were against homosexual marriages.  Feb 2000: Bill C-23 o Gay and lesbian couples can enjoy the same benefits as heterosexuals:  Child Tax Benefits  Retirement/Widow  Prison Visits: Can visit their partner in prison.  Jan 2001 o BC said they would go to court to have the definition changed. o A reverend in Toronto wore a bullet proof vest to marry two homosexual couples.  Shows that religious institutions are challenging the civil institutions.  But the city of Toronto refused to acknowledge the marriage.  June 2003  June 2005: Bill C-38, 158-133 o Gay and lesbian marriage legalized o Canada became the 4 thcountry to do so.  Dec 2006: Motion to restore the traditional definition of family is defeated (175-123) issue closed permanently.  Can see a quick shift from being against it to supporting it. What Makes People Gay  Debates: o Biological  Gay Genes that biologically predetermine ones sexual orientation.
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