The Globe and Mail is reporting that two male Canadian soldiers have been married on base.

Guess Amurika has some more catching up to do.

I vote for health care first, though.

Full story to follow.
Canadian Forces sees first gay wedding

Tuesday, June 14, 2005 Updated at 4:04 PM EDT
Canadian Press

Halifax — The Canadian military is marking its first gay wedding.

Two men, who do not want to be identified, exchanged vows in a small ceremony at Canadian Forces Base Greenwood in western Nova Scotia.

It was the first time the military has presided over a same-sex union after introducing guidelines in 2003 dealing with the contentious issue.

The two men, one a sergeant, the other a warrant officer, were married last month by a United Church minister because the base chaplain is Anglican and couldn’t officiate.

But, Lt-Cmdr. David Greenwood helped arrange the service and preached at it.

He says it might encourage other gays and lesbians in the military to come forward and make their vows official.

A spokeswoman with National Defence confirmed it was the first wedding for a gay couple in the military’s history.

The department’s guidelines say same-sex couples must be treated like heterosexuals.

The Nova Scotia Supreme Court ruled last September that banning same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.

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