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Same-sex marriage


Legality of Same-Sex Unions
Kathleen Lahey
Queen’s Law Professor Kathleen Lahey is an outspoken advocate for the legal recognition of same-sex partnerships. Professor Lahey's expertise includes the Charter of Rights and women, lesbians, gays and other minorities, as well as property-related issues related to marital status, gender, and sexuality. She appeared in the Supreme Court of Canada in the Same-Sex Marriage Reference argued on Oct. 6-7 2004, as counsel for the BC couples who won the marriage case in the British Columbia Court of Appeal.
She is the author of The Impact of Relationship Recognition on Lesbian Women (Status of Women, 2002).
Kal2@post.queensu.ca613 533 6000 ext. 74277
Nick BalaLaw professor Nick Bala says the recognition of same-sex marriage reflects major changes in laws governing marriage over the last 150 years that were all controversial when they were introduced. He adds that marriage has changed from an institution with prescribed moral and legal roles and obligations to a relationship of equals, without clear gender roles, at least in legal terms. Professor Bala?s attached paper, ?The History and Future of Marriage in Canada? will be published in the Spring 2005 issue of the Journal of Law & Equality (University of Toronto). 613.533.6000, ext. 74275bala@post.queensu.ca.
Sexuality and ReligionPamela Dickey Young
Pamela Dickey Young is the Head of Queen’s Religious Studies Department and can speak to the implicit influence of contemporary Christianity on the issue of same-sex marriage in Canada. She is eager to confront the Conservative government’s approach to the issue. An enthusiastic advocate of same-sex marriage, Dr. Dickey Young is now researching the social construction of sex and sexuality in relation to the Christian religious tradition in North America.
She is co-editor and contributor to the in press book Women and Religious Traditions (Toronto: Oxford University Press) and author of Re-creating the Church: Comminities of Eros (Trinity Press International, 2000).
youngpd@post.queensu.ca613 533 6000 ext.74324
Same-sex marriage as human right
Justin Jaron LewisRabbi Justin Jaron Lewis, Director of Queen's Jewish Studies Program, recently made a presentation to the Parliamentary Committee on Justice and Human Rights developing the government's stand on same-sex marriage. As a rabbi, Lewis is in favour of same-sex marriage in keeping with the stance of the Reform movement in Judaism. He offers insights based on pastoral experience with gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and trans-identified people and how support for same-sex marriage is possible within the Jewish and Christian communities given the Biblical statements often understood as prohibiting homosexuality. Justin Jaron Lewis's web site includes testimony to the Parliamentary Committee on Justice and Human Rights. jjl@post.queensu.ca613-533-6359
Language and the Logic of Same-Sex Unions
Adele MercierQueen’s Language Philosopher Adele Mercier recently acted as expert witness in Canadian Courts, defending gay couples seeking the right to marry against the claim that homosexual marriage is rendered logically impossible by the semantics of English.Among Dr. Mercier’s writings is a meticulous scrutiny of what exactly is wrong with masculine language serving double duty as sex-neutral language; this paper won an APA Best Paper award. She did post-doctoral work at the Center for Study of Language and Information of Stanford University in California and at the Centre de Recherche en Epist

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