Here’s what supporters of ACFEM have to say:
“My responsibility as an elected official is to serve all my constituents equally regardless of the personal attributes that may set us apart. That is why I fully support same-sex marriages,” Olivia Chow, City Councillor and NDP candidate for the Trinity Spadina riding.
“From my observations and personal experience, Asian Canadians and other visible minority communities have been misleadingly portrayed as social conservatives on the human rights issue of same-sex marriage,” Avvy Go, a prominent human rights and immigration lawyer.
“Having the legal right to marry my life partner was a positive indication that I have full participatory and contributory rights as a Canadian,” Ariel Vente, who married his same-sex partner.
“My daughter is a lesbian and I want her to have all the rights and opportunities afforded to my friends’ heterosexual children. Anything less is a denial of our human rights as a family,” Grace Ng Listkowski, a Buddhist and mother of a lesbian daughter.
When:Friday, June 11, 2004
12:00 to 1:00 pm
Where:City Hall, 100 Queen Street West
Committee Room 1
Order of Speakers:Ariel Vente, married his same-sex partner
Grace Ng Listkowski, a Buddhist and mother of a lesbian daughter
Gene Lara, a Catholic and mother of a gay son
Constantine Carboris, ACFEM Member
Olivia Chow, City Councillor and NDP candidate for Trinity Spadina
Avvy Go, human rights and immigration lawyer
Moderator:Kristyn Wong-Tam, Chinese Canadian National Council – Toronto Chapter
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