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Who can marry in Canada? January 10, 2006 1:30 PM

Any two adults who want to get married and are legally free to do so can get married in Canada. Sex is not a barrier: two women, two men, a woman and a man. Nationality is not a barrier. However, marriage in Canada does not allow one to stay long term in Canada: normal immigration precedures must be followed for permament residence. taken directly from: www.ssmarriage.com any comments or experience with this I would love to hear from you  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 January 11, 2006 6:17 AM

do the couples enjoy all the "rights" of marriage, regardless of their gender? health insurance, hospital access when one is ill, etc. that's wonderful. how do i become a canadian? steph  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Good January 12, 2006 10:37 AM

My country was one of the first to allow gay marriage and that's one of the few things about the country I'm proud of!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Canadian Marriage January 13, 2006 7:12 AM

We were married two years ago in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. It was awesome. Just wish it was recognized here. One day hopefully it will be. Quite a bit of paperwork was involved. A lot do to my marriage and divorce here in Kansas. Had to hire a Canadian lawyer to look over my divorce and deem it recognizable and appropriate in Canada. The people were so very nice and being able to go to their courthouse and get our application etc was great. That does take time and we did most of our process on line and via phone. Due to time restraints they held our license at the courthouse for us to pick up when we got their. We started the process a few months before. Here in kansas it is not recognized and I have to go to court or pay my lawyer to file a petition to change my last name to hers. Something we both want done. If not for the kids here and grandbaby we would seriously consider immigrating to Canada. So Michelle thinking of trekking north to say I Do? Amy  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
anyone else have comments? January 15, 2006 6:10 AM

First of all I apologize for not staying in the discussion... Now, back to subject. I think the United States is pacifying our G&L communities by talking about our rights at the same time not inacting laws that actually give us ANY right. I personally feel that as a group we must become more pro-active in our desires for marraige equality. As far as knowing where to start, I have no clue. I vote, I chat it up with people,hoping they will want to help. I do my best to be a productive part of the community and still it seems we are only tolerated (by some) and the others tend to ignore us (hoping we will go away). I would love to have the right to marry. I would love for my relationship to be seen as more that just some temporary illness. (it's early hope i was clear at all, LOL)  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Marriage equality January 19, 2006 7:09 AM

Our marriage is just tolerated in my family. It is not seen as a real marriage. The majority of my family believe I will come to my senses when I finish with this "phase" I am going thru. Only one of my family members even congratulated us after we came back. I try to inform and educate people I work with and care for. A lot of people say they are okay with it, but don't understand it. Most people don't even realize I am gay or are very surprised when they find out my spouse is a woman. I believe in spreading the word as much as you can. By being an example that we are here and we have jobs and kids and dreams like everyone else. Do you have a gay and lesbian center in your town.? You might see what activities they have lined up. Freedom to marry week is coming up next month. Chances are they are planning something to help get that in the publics eye. Just keep spreading the word. I hope one day that the certificate we got in Canada will be honored here. It sure seems like such a slow process. Amy  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
I'm thinking right along with Stephanie! January 30, 2006 11:44 AM

I think I would be a wonderful Canadian! If it weren't for the fact that my partner's enormous (and close-knit) family are all deeply rooted in the US, we'd be Canadian citizens already!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
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