Vancouver city councillor Tim Stevenson, who performed the first same-sex marriage in British Columbia, is now a married man himself.
Tim Stevenson (File photo)
- FROM JULY 8, 2003:
Stevenson tied the knot Tuesday night with Gary Patterson, his partner of 22 years.
It was a small affair with just Stevenson, Patterson and four friends in attendance all of them ordained ministers in the United Church.
Stevenson says it was important to him to have the relationship legally recognized now.
He says he's worried a Conservative majority government could stop other same-sex couples from following in his footsteps.
"I think if Mr. Harper becomes prime minister and has a majority government, that he'll appoint people to the Supreme Court and there's are two openings coming up that will undoubtedly be opposed, and that will make a huge difference."
Stevenson is also worried that if the issue of same-sex marriage ever came before a Conservative majority in the House of Commons, it would be defeated.
Patterson and Stevenson held a church ceremony two years ago, but vowed that one day they would make their marriage legal.
"We knew that come the day that it was possible to have a legal marriage, we would do that," says Stevenson.
Stevenson left his city hall office just two hours before his wedding, trailing a string of tin cans that city staff had tied to his bumper.