This blog has featured scores of exclusive interviews with lovers are denied the freedom to be open about their love and are, by law, denied the freedom to marry and have that marriage treated equally under the law.
The woman interviewed below is clearly able to consent to her relationship. They should be free to decide whether or not to legally marry, yet they could be harassed and persecuted if they were open about their love.
They are consenting adults who aren't hurting anyone; why should they be denied
their rights? If they were to move to another country, including most of the US, they could be criminally prosecuted for their love.
Read the interview below and
see for yourself what she has to say. You may think this relationship
is interesting, or it might make you uncomfortable, or you might find it incredibly sexy, but whatever your reaction,
should these lovers be denied equal access to marriage or any other rights?
FULL MARRIAGE EQUALITY: Tell us about yourself.Natasha: We are currently living in Russia, and I am a full-time homemaker.
FME: Are you married or have you ever been legally and/or ceremonially married?
We're married in pretty much every sense but legally. We had as big a ceremony as we could get away with, with our close friends, some of my brother's work friends, and our elder sister.
For 38 years, Betty Wilsack has shared her Caribou Island, N.S., home with her sister Margaret Renouf. They've split all expenses, living as a family while raising Renouf's son.
The pair are now in their 70s. But when one of them dies, the other won't be entitled to the survivor's pension, either from CPP and OAS or their employer pensions.This is senseless.
In Canada, husbands and wives, common-law couples and same-sex couples are entitled to a spousal pension after the death of a partner, typically about 60 per cent of a full pension.
But people who are part of other types of families, for instance siblings living together, are not given the same treatment.It's discrimination based on someone's birth.