Protection of gay men and lesbians

Resolution number: 
16
May 1998
Whereas: 
  1. Gay men and lesbians are recognized as a particular social group by the federal court;
  2. Gay men and lesbians are protected from discrimination under section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms;
  3. Most Canadian provinces currently recognize gay and lesbian relationships as legally equal to heterosexual relationships;
  4. The CCR has adopted a resolution on "Guidelines and Education on Sexual Orientation for the IRB" (Res 16, Nov 94);
Therefore be it resolved: 

That the CCR call on the federal government to:

  1. Grant equal legal status to same-sex relationships within the Family Class as is currently given heterosexual relationships;
  2. Exempt refugees from rejection on the basis of medical inadmissibility, particularly gays and lesbians with HIV/AIDS;
  3. Extend full and equal protection to people fleeing persecution based on sexual orientation at visa offices;
  4. Waive the one-year cohabitation requirement for overseas sponsorship of a same-sex partner and to substitute it with an appropriate non-discriminatory alternative.
Subject: 
Working Group: 
Inland Protection