I DO? (a documentary profiling same-sex marriage being legalized in Canada)

From: Heather Tobin

"I DO? (a documentary profiling same-sex marriage)- The controversy over allowing the homosexual population to marry has sparked many debates in Canada and around the world. On July 19th 2005 the Senate passed the equal marriage bill C-38 by 47 to 21. On July 20th at 4:56 p.m. the bill received Royal Assent and was proclaimed into law at 6:09 p.m. Canadians can now marry in every jurisdiction. The documentary explores the views of many gay people and their supporters, in the mission to discover what it is exactly that the gay population thinks about same-sex marriage. As well as to educate the general public about the situation from the views of the people who it effects most. Having started filming before it was a federal law the film "I Do? (a documentary profiling same-sex marriage) shows the progression of the event and dares to go head on with a topic that is being hushed and kept on the down low. Even within the queer community itself there is much debate over whether marriage is a necessary step for the homosexual population. The opinions of the participants vary greatly from people who have been together for 30 years just wanting to express their love and commitment to their families, to people who will never marry seeing it as a heterosexual/patriarchal institution. Ministers of many different religions, including Catholic and Judaism, express their feelings as well and explain why they have decided to marry same-sex couples. Featuring: Douglas Elliot the Toronto lawyer who made it all happen by fighting for the definition of marriage to be changed, Dr. Rev. Brent Hawks of the Metropolitan Community Church who preformed the first same-sex marriage in the world, MPP Marilyn Churly of the NDP Toronto, Mitchel Raphel editor and chief of FAB magazine, Activists Joe Varnell and Kevin Bourassa the first gay couple to ever be married (who travel the globe promoting equal marriage).

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