Confronting Canada: Couples Who Have Tied the Knot in Canada Are Forcing U.S. Government Officials and Private Businesses to Grapple with the Reality of Same-Sex Marriage

By Delgado, Ray | The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine), October 28, 2003 | Go to article overview

Confronting Canada: Couples Who Have Tied the Knot in Canada Are Forcing U.S. Government Officials and Private Businesses to Grapple with the Reality of Same-Sex Marriage


Delgado, Ray, The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)


Canadian gay couple Kevin Bourassa and Joe Varnell were on their way to a civil rights conference in Georgia when the newlyweds were confronted by U.S. opposition to their legal relationship. Having successfully sued the Canadian government for the right to marry last year, and having had their marriage ratified by an appellate decision in June, the Toronto couple dutifully filled out the U.S. Customs form for a two-person family.

But when customs officials demanded that Bourassa, and Varnell fill out separate forms as single people, they refused and went home. "It's an invasion of the charter rights and values that we have in our country," Bourassa said. "We simply ask that [the United States] recognize a marriage that their neighbors to the north do. A little piece of our dignity has been chipped away."

The incident is part of a growing body of evidence that Canada's new rights are forcing U.S. government agencies and businesses to confront the changing realities of same-sex marriage. Because the right to marry in Canada is not limited to Canadian gay couples, many U.S. couples have been traveling there to get married, and that trend is having an impact here at home. And while many U.S. businesses and major daily newspapers have embraced gay marriage with services and announcements, some are still struggling with the issue. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Confronting Canada: Couples Who Have Tied the Knot in Canada Are Forcing U.S. Government Officials and Private Businesses to Grapple with the Reality of Same-Sex Marriage
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.