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After Gay Marriage Proposal at NHL Game, Crowd Goes Wild: VIDEO


A St. Patrick's Day gay marriage proposal took place at an NHL game up in Ottawa, Canada on Saturday night.

Yahoo Sports reports:

LeafsOn Saturday night at Scotiabank Place, a Toronto Maple Leafs fan named Alicia stood on the ice during the second intermission wearing a blindfold. When it was removed, she looked up at the video scoreboard and read a message from her girlfriend, an Ottawa Senators fan named Christina.

Schmaltzy music played. Out walked Christina. They embraced and had a brief conversation, as the crowd began to wise up to what was about to happen.

Christina dropped to one knee while holding Alicia's hand. The fans roared. She slid the engagement ring on, they shared a kiss and the Senators mascot proudly raised a sign that read "SHE SAID YES."


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  1. My favorite sport! Eons ahead of the rest of the bonehead christstraightcentric homophic sports like 'American' football.

    Think I'll celibrate the girls moment with a little afternoon shinny at my local rink!

    Girl Power!!!!

    Posted by: Mic | Mar 19, 2012 11:24:53 AM

  2. Oh please. Dont get too high on the dream of equality and tolerance with this one dummies. Two good looking women kissing @ a hockey game in Canada? No kidding the crowd went wild. Now if it was two men..dont think the reaction would have been quite as positive.

    Posted by: Lisa G | Mar 19, 2012 11:28:42 AM

  3. I just love Canada!

    Posted by: Anders | Mar 19, 2012 11:29:20 AM

  4. @Lisa G Bingo. Jockish straight men will always cheer on two women kissing, since it stokes their lesbian fantasies.

    If it had been two men, they would have been booed and had things thrown at them from the stands.

    How naive does one have to be to believe otherwise?

    Posted by: Rick | Mar 19, 2012 11:31:59 AM

  5. Yet another reason to be so happy and proud to live in this amazing country! So amazing to watch...I'm crying!!

    When I was a young gay boy growing up in rural Ontario I never imagined for a minute that we'd have the rights, freedom and level of acceptance that we do in Canada. It's easy to forget how far we've come as we go about living of daily lives but it truly is astounding.

    Posted by: Gigi | Mar 19, 2012 11:35:40 AM

  6. not naive, just American.


    you all keep forgetting that Canadian NHL teams, and indeed fans, have in the last few years become rather outstanding and upstanding LGBT Advocates.

    this is a country that loves its hockey, and loves its hockey icons. and our icons preach equality. they preach it, the fans reflect it.

    sorry to burst your misery bubble :D


    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Mar 19, 2012 11:37:26 AM

  7. @ Lisa G and Nick - While what you both said might partly be true I still believe that we Ontarians are far more tolerant than say the folks in Louisiana. I've lived here my entire life and know this to be true. We can't be fired or denied housing because we're gay - in many states in the U.S you can. Sodomy is not illegal in Canada. In many states in the U.S. it is. We gays can get married and have the same rights and freedoms as the rest of our citizens. Not true in most states in the U.S. We're not perfect but we certainly have more protections and tolerance here.

    Posted by: Gigi | Mar 19, 2012 11:42:56 AM

  8. Good post LITTLEKIWI!

    Posted by: Gigi | Mar 19, 2012 11:44:07 AM

  9. ...and here in Neanderthal, Hypocritical,lying America......Bigotry and Discrimination REIN supreme....we're #1!!
    Rememeber a few yrs back - that BRUNO movie where he did Cage wrestling....and in the midst of wrestling, he and the other wrestler starting making out...(this was in the south I think) - well the audience went wild, LIKE ANIMALS...u can see it on line...if there wasn't a cage, no doubt the souhern Rednecks would have KILLED Bruno.
    Ahh America.....Liberty & Justice for ALL..Nahh,not so much.

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Mar 19, 2012 11:47:18 AM

  10. it's a big day for Canada at Towleroad!

    Posted by: Oliver | Mar 19, 2012 11:48:26 AM

  11. @Gigi Thanks for the ongoing self-righteous lectures from you and other Canadians on this site.

    Passing laws will get you very little, I am afraid.

    Only changing the culture will.

    So show me an example of a man proposing to another man and kissing him on the lips at an NHL game....and getting cheered on by all or most or even some of the men in attendance......and I will then--and only then--concede that there has been real cultural change.

    Until you can, your claims are totally hollow and meaningless.

    Posted by: Rick | Mar 19, 2012 11:50:06 AM

  12. Rick, show us via URL that YOU are what you say you are.

    HAHAHAH. but you can't. fake profile miserable troll :-)

    Until you can show us who you are, in all your manly-masculine empowered Out gay male role model glory, every claim you make rings totally hollow and meaningless.

    but everyone already knew that. and that goes for all your fake aliases as well.

    still. it's always good for you to be exposed as the testicle-deprived sack you are :D

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Mar 19, 2012 11:55:03 AM

  13. I'm happy the couple have a wonderful engagement story and the crowd was so supportive.

    That said, I really think that proposals should be in private. A public proposal all but forces the other person to say yes. You might be so sure that your partner will say yes, but it's always possible that some of that perception is clouded by your own feelings.

    Posted by: Kevin_BGFH | Mar 19, 2012 11:59:13 AM

  14. Ohh it's so cute.....

    Posted by: help with dissertation | Mar 19, 2012 12:01:19 PM

  15. Behavior follows attitude, and attitude follows behavior. It is easier to believe in the laws you follow, on a daily basis, than it is to constantly fume, stew, and be miserable. If you have to do it, you find reasons to support it. Like wearing a helmet.

    Posted by: TJ | Mar 19, 2012 12:02:26 PM

  16. Canada's NHL leagues have seen a massive overhaul in attitude in the last decade. A massive part of this has indeed been the visible, vocal and CONSTANT advocacy for LGBT People by Brian Burke, and many others within the "hockey world."

    The man commands respect all over the country. His words are heard and taken to heart. His message is one of inclusivity and acceptance - for ALL. He's not one of those wimps who says "respect gay men who play hockey, but not those queens in the pride parade..."

    Brian Burke marches WITH US in the pride parade. Every year since his son's unfortunate passing. I've had the honour of marching alongside him for the last few years.

    So, rather than people complaining or criticizing and saying "this wouldn't happen if it was two guys!" how about you, instead, directly and specifically SHOW US ALL exactly what work you are doing in your everyday life that will help the USofA be a more accepting and embracing place for LGBT people?

    Genuinely. What are you doing, every day, that is opening the door for LGBT people in your own country, community, line of work? A URL to your own video or page would be beneficial, as we can all then best learn from your shining examples.


    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Mar 19, 2012 12:13:57 PM

  17. @TJ The point is that, in most cases, laws against discrimating against someone on the basis of sexual orientation are unenforceable--so people don't have to change their behaviors, really.....which de-legitimizes your premise, even if your conclusion were correct (and I am not conceding that it always or even usually is).

    Even DADT repeal will not do that--a recent survey indicated that the vast majority of gays in the military remain in the closet despite repeal.....and I am sure that is because they know that they can still be discriminated against and probably will be if they come out, despite the change in the law.

    On the other hand, change the culture and you won't need any laws because it will not be necessary to try to force people to do things they don't want to do (which is as likely to cause resentment as it is to cause sympathy, to get back to your original point).

    And one final point--changing the laws can give society the impression that no further change is necessary and can actually therefore work to impede cultural legislation is a double-edged sword at best, even with those who support it.

    Posted by: Rick | Mar 19, 2012 12:15:03 PM

  18. Rick, they would'e cheered 2 men.

    Posted by: barilla | Mar 19, 2012 12:20:51 PM

  19. Somebody is a regular Debbie Downer today. What's the matter, Rick? Strikeout again this weekend?

    Posted by: RyanInSacto | Mar 19, 2012 12:29:09 PM

  20. Canada has a few things y'all need to remember:

    very specific, explicit and intellectually discernible hate-speech laws. they've been in place for twenty years.

    since 1992 LGBT citizens of Canada have been allowed to serve OPENLY in our militaries. this was passed by Kim Campbell, our first female prime minister, of the Progressive Conservatives.

    LGBT people in Canada are protected from workplace and housing discrimination.

    LGBT Canadians have full and total marriage and adoption rights, and privileges. Our first legal same-sex marriage was in 2001.

    So try to remember these very important distinctions when you read stories about Up North. Canada is decades ahead of the US in terms of LGBT Issues.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Mar 19, 2012 12:31:54 PM

  21. Sports figures get fined for homophobic slurs. Sports figures receive negative consequences. Sports figures watch their mouths. Other sports figures make positive comments, get positive responses. Mascot cheers on lesbian couple. Crowd is wildly supportive. The rule for behavior becomes being supportive, not a bigot, because of example. The rule of public behavior changes attitudes.

    Posted by: TJ | Mar 19, 2012 12:35:49 PM

  22. Get it, LittleKiwi! My fellow yanks too easily dismiss the more affirming culture up north, as if Canada was just an extension of the U.S. I fondly remember being affectionate at Leafs games with my consort while working in Toronto a decade ago. No one threatened to kill or injure us, though a few closet case or little gaylings may have had their true nature affirmed.

    Posted by: bigolpoofter | Mar 19, 2012 12:35:55 PM

  23. Can't we just be happy for the two women?

    Posted by: Hawthorne | Mar 19, 2012 12:37:49 PM

  24. Per usual, Rick's just full of assertions and accusations, but never comes with any proof. Whether Canadians would boo a male couple for proposing marriage at an NHL game is a mere hypothetical question until someone provides documented proof one way or the other. The proof we do have at this point is that, when given the chance, they cheered a female couple. We also have the amazing work that the Burke family (the late Brendan, his father and Toronto Maple Leafs coach Brian, and his brother Patrick) has done. As far as I know - and again, this is an empirical matter, so maybe there is proof to the contrary – their efforts have been well received in the Canadian hockey world. And, as Kiwi and others have noted, Canada is about a decade ahead of the US on LGBT issues.

    Posted by: RyanInSacto | Mar 19, 2012 12:38:51 PM

  25. Canadian politicians have already found out that catering to anti-gay fringelings results in massive public backlash.

    The tide is well on its way to turning up North - you don't become a pariah for being an LGBT person, but for being an anti-LGBT person.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Mar 19, 2012 12:40:25 PM

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