Constable Jason Tree, left, and Constable David Connors will marry today in a ceremony that has drawn much attention from media and from activist groups, who see the couple as an example that dashes steretypes. Said Gemma Hickey, president of Egale Canada: “I think these Mounties are sending a message to the government that we are not going to let Harper dictate the natural progression of our relationships. It flies in the face of every negative stereotype about gay men.”
The Mounties themselves seem less enthused about being held up as examples. Said Constable Tree: “We don’t see our wedding as anything different or special. Our goal was to get married, not have an international media story. I fail to see the big deal. I don’t think there’s any difference between us and anyone else who wants to get married. I’m interested in getting married with David, and I guess I’m not interested in engaging in a political debate or anything like that.”
Approximately 100 guests will attend the wedding. The media is not invited.