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Toronto To Host Mass Gay Wedding For 200 Couples During World Pride In June: VIDEO


Toronto will be hosting World Pride this June, and the organizers have got a record-breaking idea up their sleeve. 

On June 26th, 200 LGBTQ couples will be invited to tie the knot at the world's largest queer wedding. The event is called A Celebration of Love: A Grand Pride Wedding and it will take place in the gardens at Casa Loma, a beautiful castle in the city. 

Because World Pride is an international event, couples from countries where same-sex marriages are not yet legal will have the opportunity to be recognized. Councilor Kristyn Wong-Tam and deputy mayor Norm Kelly also see the event as part of a healing process after anti-gay remarks and actions from mayor Rob Ford.

Now Toronto reports:

Wong-Tam, the only openly gay council member, said the celebration is also a chance for Toronto to turn the page after Mayor Rob Ford made international headlines with his anti-gay actions. In February Ford tried to have the Pride flag removed from a ceremonial pole outside City Hall. Last week he was caught on tape making disparaging remarks about “the gays” who led the flag-raising campaign...

“I think that it’s time for us to show a different face of Toronto, to demonstrate that this is a city of equality and inclusive values, a city that celebrates all its diverse communities,” Wong-Tam said.

She noted that the city has a proud history of protecting LGBTQ rights. In 1973 council passed a motion prohibiting discrimination against city employees based on their sexual orientation, the first legislation of its kind in Canada. The first same-sex marriages in Canada took place here in 2001, four years before Parliament passed legislation making them legal.

That history “can’t be undone by just one person,” Wong-Tam said.

The event will be free to the couples who choose to participate, there will be officiants from a variety of religious and non-religious backgrounds in attendance, and...

The wedding colours will, of course, be rainbow.

Check out Councilor Wong-Tam and Deputy Mayor Kelly's invitation video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Mass weddings? Mass gimmick.

    Posted by: petey | May 10, 2014 6:35:03 PM

  2. My brother would roll over in his....but, thankfully he was cremated.
    Will Reverend Moon officiate?

    Posted by: Gary Bebout | May 10, 2014 7:01:34 PM

  3. A curse on the above comments, which reveal more about the privilege of their authors than about this event.

    This mass wedding is being held as part of World Pride in Toronto, where the central event will be an international human rights conference. Thousands of people from all over the world - including from countries where any display of homosexuality is banned - will have the chance to come and get a recognized marriage certificate, something they cannot do at home. It may be a "mass gimmick" to you, but not to the international attendees. Furthermore, the City of Toronto is offering this wedding for free, which will no doubt be appreciated by attendees who are coming a long way.

    Posted by: dtbf | May 10, 2014 7:25:51 PM

  4. We're always hearing about "mass executions" on the news. I'll pass on this one. A curse? Save your witchcraft for the ceremony, you misguided fool.

    Posted by: Gary | May 10, 2014 7:29:11 PM

  5. As has been mentioned, this is an international event and people really should check their privilege before criticising any LGBT event. Not that criticism isn't sometime warranted, but I'm just saying think before you comment.

    Just as an aside. the Deputy Mayor now holds much of the power at City Hall as the city council has stripped Ford of as much power as they could.

    Posted by: B. Wilson | May 10, 2014 9:22:12 PM

  6. Sorry, this might be the difference between the US and Canada. Censorship, either politely requested, or implied for the sake of a questionable circus--under the guise of the good of LGBT--merits very warranted and "privileged" response. Does being "international" make them less gullible?

    Posted by: Gary | May 10, 2014 9:39:04 PM

  7. Chalk it up to personal taste, I guess, but these "mass weddings" just make me think of Moonies. Other than it happening on a Disney cruise ship and officiated by Mickey Mouse I can't think of anything more gimmicky, impersonal, or less imbued with the meaning of committing yourself to one other person for life.

    Posted by: NaughtyLola | May 10, 2014 10:10:14 PM

  8. "people really should check their privilege before criticising any LGBT event"

    You have to be kidding me. "LGBT" isn't a magic talisman against critical commentary.

    Posted by: NaughtyLola | May 10, 2014 10:12:42 PM

  9. My boyfriend says he'll cut off my balls if I even suggest we get married at this. So I've been proposing "will you mass-marry me?" for weeks.

    Posted by: Knock | May 10, 2014 11:40:20 PM

  10. Bitchy f....g queens screaming hypocritically. Not a peep was heard when there was a group wedding on US tv at some award show in NYC some months ago.
    Get something more productive to do. No one is asking you to like anything. Just go away.

    Posted by: acde | May 11, 2014 2:46:00 AM

  11. Canada is always so progressive.

    Posted by: Nathan in Norwalk | May 11, 2014 5:29:16 AM

  12. Actually quite a lot of people had critical words about that ridiculous display at the Grammys, although I was more torqued by AgingPimp!Madonna stealing the limelight from what should have been Mary Lambert's shining hour.

    Posted by: NaughtyLola | May 11, 2014 3:04:49 PM

  13. This is happening because the Liberty Group has recently bought Casa Loma and they want to promote their venue and add to the millions in their pot. Pride is a huge week for small businesses that try to provide great weddings for the LGBT community. This event has caused many officiants, venues and planners to lose a huge amount of business that they count on every year. I know venues who had weddings cancelled as a result of this circus. How this can even be performed legally is beyond me as the couple has to be asked by name and respond audibly before the officiant and witnesses. This is just a big money maker for The Liberty Group and Toronto. Once again, support the big corporations and screw small business.

    Posted by: LadyDee | May 17, 2014 8:56:18 AM

  14. My partner of 20 years and I were married at this event. The entire thing was managed superbly and at no time did we feel part of a circus. In addition to the mass wedding each couple had a personal civic ceremony. It was exciting and moving for everyone there, in beautiful surroundings. I couldn't have wished for a better wedding day.

    Posted by: John Freeman | Jul 6, 2014 1:21:03 PM

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