Marriage comes to Quebec.Michael Hendricks and his partner of 31 years, Rene LeBoeuf, have appeared as "the two guys on top of the wedding cake" in Montreal's last five gay pride parades A gay pride parade or LGBT pride parade is part of a festival or ceremony held by the LGBT community of a city to commemorate the struggle for LGBT rights and pride. . "Now we're actualizing it," Hendricks said after the two men won the right to marry in Quebec on March 19.
The court of appeal of Quebec upheld a lower court ruling that restricting marriage to nongay couples violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (also known as The Charter of Rights and Freedoms or simply The Charter) is a bill of rights entrenched in the Constitution of Canada. It forms the first part of the Constitution Act, 1982. , effectively legalizing marriage for same-sex couples in the province. Quebec is the third, after Ontario and British Columbia British Columbia, province (2001 pop. 3,907,738), 366,255 sq mi (948,600 sq km), including 6,976 sq mi (18,068 sq km) of water surface, W Canada. Geography
, to afford full gay marriage rights. The nation's new prime minister, Paul Martin, has promised to introduce legislation that will legalize le·gal·ize
tr.v. le·gal·ized, le·gal·iz·ing, le·gal·iz·es
To make legal or lawful; authorize or sanction by law.
le gay marriage nationwide.
Hendricks, 62, and LeBoeuf, 48, held a wedding ceremony in April to coincide with the third anniversary of the world's first same-sex civil marriage in the Netherlands.