The Board of the Ontario Humanist Society, and the Ethical Action Committee have issued a statement reaffirming our commitment to equal treatment for all Canadians regarding rights to marriage and divorce in Canada. This statement OHS SameSexMarriagePolicy may also be downloaded from our Ethical Action and Policies section
The Ontario Humanist Society (OHS) , a member of the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU), notes some recent questions of clarity concerning the rights of same sex couples who have been married in Canada, but who may be resident in countries or jurisdictions where same-sex marriage is not currently available.
We trust that this matter has been, or will soon be, fully resolved by the government of Canada, so that there is no more confusion about the rights of such couples to enjoy the same legal protections regarding marriage and divorce available to all couples who are married in Canada. We also trust that there will be timely communication to all Canadians on this matter, to resolve any perception of unequal treatment.
In light of these events, however, we feel moved to restate our full and non-equivocal support for equal treatment for all couples regarding family and matrimonial law in Canada.
The Ontario Humanist Society (OHS),
that the basic right to equal marriage has been established in Ontario following the June 10, 2003 Ontario Court of Appeal decision making same-sex marriages legal in Ontario,
Humanism’s long established support of equal rights for all persons, regardless of gender or sexual affiliation,
our firm support of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on the rights of marriage and divorce:
UDHR Article 16.
* (1) Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.
* (2) Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.
As Canada is a signatory to the UDHR, and to other instruments and treaties guaranteeing freedoms and basic rights to all persons, we state unequivocally that the same rights regarding marriage, divorce, and family law shall apply equally to all persons in Canada.
Gail McCabe, President
Ontario Humanist Society
January 13, 2011