When the United States Supreme Court handed down its ruling in favor of the LGBT members, the LGBTQ community in Canada was among that celebrated the victory. Politicians and members of the movie industry attended the revelry themed “Come out and Play,” according to the news.
Besides Toronto Mayor John Tory marching in, there were also notable officials such as NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair, Green Leader Elizabeth May and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau. Also present were Ontario Premier Kathleen Wayne, who has been known to be gay, Leader of Progressive Conservative Patrick Brown and NDP Leader Andrea Horwarth.
Tory’s presence boosted the merry-making mood of everyone as his predecessor was known to be an antagonist who never supported LGBT during his 4-year tenure. Tory, sporting a shirt with a message written in rainbow letters: “proud mayor” with one “o” replaced with a heart, Globe and Mail reported.
Of course, the gay pride would not be as grand as it was without the native filmmaker, David Furnish, Elton John’s husband. Furnish was among the grand marshals of Toronto’s parade. Other celebrities flocked in such as Pussy Riot, Celina Jaitly, Cyndi Lauper and Brendan Jordan, news said.
According to CBC News, there were hundreds of thousands of individuals lining up Yonge Street to witness the grand parade. Very interesting, too, was the support of Reverend Brent Hawkes from Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto, which is a staunch supporter of Pride. Trudeau was reported to have spent the day posing for photos and engaging in conversations with the Reverend.
In a 5-4 vote in favor of the same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court declared a right of LGBT to marry anywhere in America, saying the same-sex marriage is within the fourteenth amendment of the Constitution.
“No longer may this liberty be denied. No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were,” wrote Justice Anthony M. Kennedy.
The ruling has been historic given the decades of struggling in activism and litigation for recognition among the LGBT members.
Read the entire opinion of Justice Kennedy here.