Cynthia Petersen participates in unveiling of new stamp
New stamp pays tribute to marriage equality in Canada
On Tuesday, Canada Post unveiled the Marriage Equality stamp, which is one of 10 new stamps issued in commemoration of Canada’s 150th year since Confederation.
The unveiling took place at The 519, with many LGBTQ activists and community leaders in attendance.
…The stamp honours the passing of the Civil Marriage Act, the federal legislation that made marriage equality the law across Canada.
With the passing of the act in 2005, Canada became the fourth country in the world and the first outside of Europe to extend to its citizens the right to marry the one they loved.
Cynthia Petersen spoke about the history of the fight for marriage equality, from pre-Charter annulment cases involving trans persons and the early unsuccessful same-sex marriage cases in the 1970s and the 1990s. She also shared a few anecdotes about the cases that led the British Columbia Court of Appeal and the Ontario Court of Appeal to hold that denying same-sex couples the right to marry violated their equality rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
In 2004, draft legislation to make the law consistent across the country was referred to the Supreme Court of Canada. The Civil Marriage Act was subsequently passed by Parliament in June 2005.