In the past three years, Canada has witnessed landmark court rulings in Ontario, BC and Quebec making it legal for gay men and lesbian women to marry. Legislation in the Netherlands and Belgium have also extended marriage to same-sex couples. Legal challenges before the US courts in Hawaii, Vermont, Massachusetts, Oregon and California have had the same goal in mind. The same-sex marriage phenomenon is characterised on the one hand by intense personal joys and on the other by long-standing activism and historic legal reasoning.
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Author Biography - Kathleen A. Lahey
Kathleen A Lahey was the lawyer for three of the BC couples who won the right to marry from the BC Court of Appeal as of July 8, 2003. She has published and consulted on a wide range of legal issues relating to equality and human rights. The founding editor of the Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, she has also served on various advisory boards, including the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee of the Ontario Bar Association, Egale Canada, the Ontario Advisory Council on Women's Issues, and the Ontario Fair Tax Commission. She lives in Kingston, Ontario, where she is a professor at Queen's University Faculty of Law. Kevin Alderson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Calgary in 1978, followed by a Masters degree in clinical, school and community psychology in 1984. Before commencing doctoral studies, Dr Alderson married, had two children, and then experienced his own coming out in 1993. The intensity of his struggle to find himself and become authentic was both tumultuous and exhilarating. Motivated by his desire to further understand his experience and that of others, he began a PhD program in counselling psychology at the University of Alberta in 1995. While there, he worked with persons who are HIV-positive and with others experiencing sexual and gender identity issues.