Not allowing lesbians to marry sends the message that lesbian relationships are not valuable or worthy of support. Lesbians want the ability to marry to obtain the benefits of marriage and also to change that historical message of exclusion. They also want to be recognized as mothers and co-parents.
Briefs on Same-Sex Marriage and Families
In 2003, NAWL presented a Brief to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights in support of recognition of same-sex marriage.
NAWL Brief on Marriage and Legal Recognition of Same-Sex Unions to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights (April 2003)
[Available in English only.]
Speaking Notes, Margaret Denike. Marriage and Legal Recognition of Same-Sex Unions, Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. April 2003
[Available in French only.]
In March 2000, NAWL presented a brief to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights on the substantive rights of lesbians. NAWL’s position was that governments must respect the equality of same-sex spouses, including the right to marry.
NAWL Brief on the Importance of Respecting the Substantive Equality Rights of Lesbians to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights (March 2000)
“Marriage, Homophobia and Substantive Equality”, by Margaret Denike
“Should Feminists Care About Equal Marriage for Same-Sex Couples?”, by Karen Busby
“Same-Sex Hearings”, by Margaret Denike
“Civil Union and the New Filiation Rules in Québec, From Ignorance to the Legal Recognition of the Homoparental Family”, by Marie-France Bureau