Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Bringing Marriage Home: The Reverend Troy Perry Has One Request for Couples Getting Married in Canada: Think Twice before Filing a Court Challenge in the United States

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Bringing Marriage Home: The Reverend Troy Perry Has One Request for Couples Getting Married in Canada: Think Twice before Filing a Court Challenge in the United States

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When the Reverend Troy Perry asked the state of California to recognize stone-sex marriage in 1970, he became the first person to file a gay-marriage challenge in a U.S. court. But now Perry, founder and moderator of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches, is urging those U.S. couples getting married in Canada against following his example.

"I believe with all of my heart that no one should rush into court [to get their Canadian marriage recognized]," says Perry, who was married to his partner of 18 years, Phillip De Blieck on July 16 in Toronto.

Court challenges, he says, need to be part of an effort coordinated by national gay and lesbian organizations. Those that aren't part of that coordinated effort--especially it they're filed in traditionally conservative states--could hinder the overall marriage campaign, he adds.

"We've set up a registry where we're asking couples to let us know when they [get married in Canada]," Perry says, "so we can share that list with all our groups--the groups that hire attorneys for the gay and lesbian community in America. …

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