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Just Married: Gay Marriage and the Expansion of Human Rights (Living Out: Gay and Lesbian Autobiographies) Hardcover – June 1, 2002
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Last year, Kevin Bourassa and Joe Varnell became the first gay couple to be issued a government marriage certificate. Challenged by the Canadian government, their case is still making its way through the courts. In the meantime, Bourassa, a banker, and Varnell, who works for an electronics company, tell their story in Just Married: Gay Marriage and the Expansion of Human Rights, a joint memoir of the events leading up to their wedding at the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto. In alternating chapters, they take turns recalling the unexpected and slightly bizarre experience of sharing their prewedding breakfast with camera crews and other moments from the ceremony broadcast around the world.
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Kevin and Joe were the stuff that dreams are made of--romantic dreams, because they chose to make a life together, and media dreams, because in January 2001, two years after their holy union ceremony, they sought marriage in the eyes of the state. This is the account of their struggle and that of a lesbian couple to test the Canadian marriage laws. No marriage in Ontario, Canada, is fully legal until registered by the Ontario Provincial Government, which refused to do so. Bourassa and Varnell and the Metropolitan Community Church are fighting the case in the courts. In addition to a general history of gay rights in Canada, the book covers the couple's concern at being portrayed as role models or as representatives of the gay community; the violent and rather unexpected backlash against their proposed action; and the ensuing, often intrusive media coverage of their case, which makes the notion of a "media circus" seem mild. Whitney Scott
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