By George Harvey, the action circle coordinator on LGBT issues in Toronto.
Amnesty International joins human rights enthusiasts everywhere in applauding the recent decision by the governments of Uruguay, New Zealand, and France to legalize same sex marriage.
Equal marriage is an important step for the LGBTQ community on the path towards equality, freedom from discrimination and the right to live with dignity.
The path towards marriage equality has been a challenging one and the courageous and determined work of equal rights activists should be acknowledged. LGBTQ individuals have faced many challenges, even within the activist community. It is important to realize that the loving relationship between two individuals of the same gender is just as deserving of the legal and social recognition that comes with the term marriage as every other relationship.