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
June 8 1999: Parliament vote, 216-55.
o Definition of marriage is already clear, and has no intention of
o Majority of judges and parliament members were against
Feb 2000: Bill C-23
o Gay and lesbian couples can enjoy the same benefits as
Child Tax Benefits
Prison Visits: Can visit their partner in prison.
o BC said they would go to court to have the definition
o A reverend in Toronto wore a bullet proof vest to marry two
Shows that religious institutions are challenging the civil
But the city of Toronto refused to acknowledge the
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:
Gay Genes that biologically predetermine ones sexual