Wednesday, August 10, 2005

An Open Letter to Carl Trickey and James Crooks

Despite Threats & Intimidation Gay Couple To Marry Today
by Derwin Parsons Atlantic Canada Bureau Chief

* Hello from Montreal, and Congratulations on your Wedding!!! Welcome to the Married Couples Club... My partner and I were married last November here in Montreal. May you both find happiness, peace and love for many years to come. *

* * And to all of you Atlantic Canadians who are against these men, and hurling insults, rocks and hate mail at them, you all need to grow up and stop that shit, your actions do not follow the Canadian Charter of rights and freedoms. And you are not helping the "Diverse Community" that Canada has tried to support and foster.

I mean if you are so against Gay Marriage, why don't you all become christian conservatives and move to the United States where you will find people like you to live with and hate with as well.**

What is LAW in Canada is LAW in Canada. We don't need to hear how much you disagree with it, so you might as well get used to it.

We are HERE and we are QUEER so GET USED TO IT !!!

(Saint John, New Brunswick) Nine years ago Carl Trickey and James Crooks exchanged vows in a blessing ceremony at Centenary Queen Square United Church in Saint John.

Same-sex marriage was illegal in Canada but the United Church - Canada's largest Protestant denomination - had created a liturgy for blessing gay and lesbian couples.

Outside Centenary that hot summer day - August 10, 1996 an angry mob gathered to hurl insults at the couple when they emerged.

Almost every year since then, Trickey says, as August 10 rolls around, the threats and abuse begin again. Rocks have been hurled through their windows. Hate mail is delivered to their home. There have been bomb threats. One year a man threatened Trickey's life - he was later arrested and pleaded guilty to uttering threats against him.

But, this year is different. Same-sex marriage is legal across Canada. And Trickey and Crooks will be wed today.

Trickey says attitudes in province are changing - mainly because of the greater visibility of same-sex couples.

"Not everyone's embracing that," he told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, "but I think that there are certainly a lot more people today than in 1996 who are saying, 'this is an okay thing to have happen'."

Asked if he had any regrets about being a gay pioneer a decade ago Trickey gave an emphatic "no." He said they made the right decision in '96 and the risks have been worth it.

"Maybe that helps others from our gay and lesbian community who aren't quite as strong or who aren't quite as willing to put themselves on the front lines, to allow them to come along, and in a more quiet, private way, make that same kind of commitment," said Crooks.

© 2005


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