ChronicleHerald – The dominant mood among LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) activists in Canada right now is a complete and utter lack of surprise.
We’ve read the reports that Immigration Minister Jason Kenney edited out references to LGBT equality from Canada’s guide for new immigrants. Staff had argued that newcomers need to understand homosexuality is not a crime here and same-sex couples can marry. These features of the Canadian legal system are well understood by Canadians — even those who aren’t entirely comfortable with them. But they constitute a big difference between Canada and the country of origin for many immigrants. We’re leading the world in recognizing LGBT equality, and new Canadians need to know it if they’re going to understand their new home.