Three of The Current
Point of View - Whitehorse Town Hall
Last Thursday we aired a special edition of The Current from Whitehorse. We called it Fathers Without Fathers: Aboriginal Men in Canada. Statistics show that more First Nations children are raised by a single parent -- usually their mother -- than other Canadian children. And last week, we heard some of the factors that feed into perpetuating this cycle.
The importance of the role of fathers was evident from your Point of View. We shared some comments sent in to The Current.
We'll get to more of your thoughts on Thursday. But you can add to the discussion any time, contact us.
The influential reach of Canada's same-sex marriage laws
In January of 2001, Canada stumbled into uncharted territory with a double wedding for two same-sex couples. In the end, the two couples did go to court and four-and-a-half years later -- after a combination of court rulings and new legislation -- same-sex marriage was legal in Canada.
Canada became the fourth country in the world to recognize same-sex marriages and thousands of gay and lesbian couples from all over the world flocked here to get married. Late last week, many of those couples were thrown into a panic after a lawyer in the federal department of justice filed court papers which questioned the validity of the marriages of same-sex couples who were married in Canada but live outside the country.
Since then, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Justice Minister Rob Nicholson have both said the government does view those marriages as valid. But in the uproar over the whole chain of events, it has become clear that for many same-sex couples, a Canadian marriage certificate is a powerful thing.
We heard from writer and gay-rights activist Dan Savage, who was married in Canada in 2005.
And even in jurisdictions where same-sex marriages registered in Canada aren't recognized, same-sex couples have still found ways to leverage a Canadian marriage certificate into rights, privileges and benefits ... a situation that has led some to suggest that Canada's same-sex marriage law has been a game-changer for gays and lesbians living all over the world. Today our project Game Changer is taking another look at that.
We were joined today by two prominent lawyers and advocates for gay rights who have worked on seminal cases that led to the legalization of same sex marriage in Canada. Barbara Findlay joined us from Vancouver. And Douglas Elliott was in Toronto.
When we think about how Canada's gay marriage law has changed the game at the international level, the impact has gone beyond the individual couples who've come here to marry. In some cases, those couples have tried to push for change in their own countries. Reverend Troy Perry is the founder of the Metropolitan Community Church. He was married to his same-sex partner in 2003 in Canada, and then successfully sued the state of California for recognition of his marriage. He joined us from Wichita Falls, Texas.
Last Word - Republican Senator John McCain
We ended the program this morning with a preview of something we're working on for tomorrow's program. Money has long played a prominent role in U.S. politics. But this campaign season, it's fueling even more attack ads than usual ... thanks to a U.S. Supreme Court decision that lifted some key restrictions that used to be in place. We'll delve into that issue tomorrow. And Republican Senator John McCain -- a long-time critic of unchecked spending in politics -- got the last word on the subject today.
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