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Mass Gay Wedding Announced for World Pride

A video from City Hall to make you smile, because everyone likes mass weddings.

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A non-embarrassing video came out of City Hall today, with Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Ward 27, Toronto Centre-Rosedale) and Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly (Ward 40, Scarborough-Agincourt) promoting a mass wedding of 200 LGBTQ couples at Casa Loma during World Pride celebrations. City Hall can be a zany and sometimes depressing place, but one thing that will lift the spirit of anyone is the sight of happy newlyweds holding hands in the atrium as they return from their wedding ceremony in the east tower.

This video lifts our spirits too, reminding us of an inclusive Toronto that we can be proud of, and of civic officials who embrace those principles. In other words, it’s the perfect chaser for all the news about That Other Guy.

The wedding, dubbed a “Celebration of Love,” will take place on June 26. For couples interested in signing up, the mass wedding is free of charge.

Comments

  • CYW

    What?! Rob Ford will never be able to tolerate Nathan Phillips bursting at the seams with “the gays”.

    • wklis

      Be careful. Someone might ask Rob Ford to be the “best man” or “made [sic] of honour” at a gay wedding.

      • TheSotSays

        A more logical choice would be McWhinntie or Barbara Hall.

    • to_tell_the_truth

      Reading comprehension problems there, CYW?

      The article clearly says, “a mass wedding of 200 LGBTQ couples at Casa Loma“.

      • CYW

        I guess so! :)

        • TheSotSays

          Libera Matrimoni per il Fottuto Faziries

  • TheSotSays

    Throughout Europe and North America, it is traditional for the bride to throw her bouquet at the reception and for all single women present to compete in catching it. The woman who catches the bouquet is said to be the next who will marry.

    To prevent guests from ripping the wedding dress, brides began throwing other objects as a distraction, one of which was the garter. Later, the bouquet became the most traditionally thrown object. The wedding bouquet is particularly suited to this use, as flowers symbolize fertility, and as perishable items, they are not something the bride would wish to keep. The bouquet is also a safer item to toss than the garter, as unruly and impatient wedding guests were sometimes known to try to take the garter from the bride while she was still wearing it.

    Now, when Wong Tam and Kelly tie the knot on June 21, I recommend that no one try to grab Kelly’s garter while he’s still wearing it. With Rob in rehab there are now about 2,500 city cops with nothing to do and they’ll all be at the wedding making sure the blushing bride, Norm Kelly, doesn’t get messed up.

    • to_tell_the_truth

      Like rex says, You’re trying way too hard.

  • TheSotSays

    Look here, the crazed left wing NDP politicians of today can’t be found to be trucking about with religion.

    Therefore, these will likely be secular marriages only, carried out by an NDP ship’s captain. Captain Long John Silver of the Sam McBride might be a suitable tax plundering choice.

    • tyrannosaurus_rek

      You’re trying way too hard.

    • to_tell_the_truth

      Jack Layton has been to my church umpteen times – to worship.
      Your speculation is delusional. And your smarm is unbecoming a gentleman OR an officer, ‘Captain’.

      • Canadianskeezix

        You aren’t making sense.

        • to_tell_the_truth

          Maybe not to YOU.

  • James Brown

    According to the Huffington Post article on this story: “Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, New Thought, and Humanist officiants will be on site to marry couples.” I would think you could call the office of the deputy mayor (or mayor’s office) if you want to get involved. There may be info on the city’s website.

  • to_tell_the_truth

    In a lovely bit of irony, June 26th was my parents’ anniversary.
    Best wishes to the many happy couples.

  • estta

    No, the website says this is an event for LGBTQ couples.

    • tyrannosaurus_rek

      A male and female pair could identify as bisexual, “queer”, or even transsexual (who’s going to ask for proof?) and get married.

      • estta

        Okay I guess, but then they’d be identifying as bi, queer, or trans, not heterosexual. Or they could lie, sure, but it’s still an event for LGBTQ.

        • tyrannosaurus_rek

          It would still be a heterosexual couple getting married on the sly. I’m just saying there’s a way for a straight couple to get in on the matrimonial action.

          • estta

            Yeh, but Ican asked if they were welcome.

  • Brian V Hunt

    The question remains: where is the empirical evidence the proves that homosexuality is a biologically inherited sexual predisposition? Knowing that this is inherited and is not a learned behavior would make a lot of us feel more easy about supporting gay rights. This is now such a political hot potato that researchers fear to investigate.

    • Canadianskeezix

      Honestly, who cares. In a free and democratic society, it doesn’t matter whether you “feel more easy” about whether two consenting adults fall in love and get married. There is no “empirical evidence” that it harms anyone, so they do not need to prove anything to anyone. In any event, that ship has sailed – “gay rights” have overwhelming support at this point in Canada. If you are still concerned, you should study your own sexual orientation, and determine if you “learned” your heterosexuality.

    • OgtheDim

      Can you prove I dream in colour?

    • vampchick21

      You still buy into the idea that it’s learned? Where have you been? The 1950′s?

      Seriously, a quick google search should solve your query.

      • TheSotSays

        Then maybe you can tell us why kindergarten teachers spend so much time on the subject. And isn’t it time they left the little kids alone.

        • OgtheDim

          Myth.

          An option for grade 3, rarely used. Grade 6.

    • Notcleverguy

      No one is asking anyone to support “gay rights”, just human rights, the rights that everyone deserves.

    • tyrannosaurus_rek

      What does it matter if it’s genetic, learned, a choice, or something else? All sorts of other minorities in the genetic, education, and choice categories have the same rights (including marriage) as the majority, so objecting to same sex marriage on that basis is a non-starter.

    • Randy McDonald

      Well, I know on _my_ part it’s all just a successful ploy to pick up chicks.

    • to_tell_the_truth

      Brian,
      How is that relevant?
      No one “investigates” WHY heterosexuals are attracted to others of the opposite gender. There’s no “empirical evidence” as to the ’causes’ of heterosexuality. Heck, no one bothers to even DO “research” on it.
      But regardless of WHY people are homo- OR hetero-sexual, they are still allowed to get married. And marriage is the topic here.
      Your particular comfort level (i.e. how you “feel” about it) is moot to the discussion at hand.

  • Notcleverguy

    I know a couple from Iran (you can imagine the persecution they would get in Iran for even coming out, not from most people, but from the government) who will be taking part in this. Good on Toronto for standing up for people.

  • Canadianskeezix

    If you aren’t interested, don’t attend.

  • OgtheDim

    Given heterosexuals can get married anywhere in the world, and homosexuals can’t, maybe World Pride would be a good place to allow people to do something they can’t do at home?