‘This is not about us’: Parents speak out about ‘shameful’ divorce letter
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More than two decades after the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage, the issue of gay couples getting married has resurfaced in Canada.
The federal government has been a consistent supporter of same-gender couples and marriage rights.
But the recent case of Justice Anthony Kennedy in the Supreme Chamber has reignited the issue for some.
“This is a shameful situation.
It’s not about me, it’s not for me, but it’s about the people in the community,” said Diane Gough, a transgender woman who works in the media industry.
“This is the worst thing that could happen.”
Gough’s lawyer, David Roussel, is a former federal cabinet minister who served as the Minister of Family Services and Human Rights.
He’s currently the executive director of the Equality Network, a legal and advocacy group for the LGBT community.
“In this case, the Supreme court did not reach a reasonable accommodation,” Roussell said in a news release.
“It made a determination that a person cannot be legally married to the same gender for the same purpose.”
He said the case shows the Canadian government still needs to “work through the political, legal, and cultural challenges that come with this issue.”
In an interview with CBC News, Gough said her decision to leave the family business has been difficult.
“I’ve been in this business since the 1970s.
My husband and I were working for a newspaper.
We were married in 1969,” she said.
“We’ve been married since.
We’ve been working together for the last 22 years.”
In June, Goug filed a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) over her decision.
She said she was denied the right to receive a certificate of divorce because she was not a registered domestic partner.
“The fact that my marriage was invalid and that I was denied it was absolutely not acceptable,” she told CBC News.
“I’m not just a person in the family who’s working to make a living.”
The CHRC ruled against Gough in a ruling issued Wednesday.
In a written statement, the commission said it “recognizes the right of individuals to decide for themselves whether they want to engage in the traditional, socially sanctioned, and often painful, process of seeking divorce.”
“But the Commission does not endorse or support the use of divorce to resolve these complex and personal disputes in this area,” the statement read.
In recent years, the federal government made several changes to the marriage law, including a requirement that the marriage must be recognized as valid by both the court and the Canadian federal government.
The Supreme Court decision in Kennedy v.
Canada also created the Family Code, which is used to enforce marriage laws across the country.
The Family Code is the foundation of many same-parenting laws, and it applies in Canada as well as in the U.S.
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