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Canada’s largest union is proud to applaud the hard work of so many of its members in their victorious fight for Bill C-38, the equal marriage legislation, says National President Paul Moist.

The leadership and advocacy of CUPE members makes us all proud today, as we celebrate this human rights milestone in Canada,” says Moist.

Your hard work and dedication has paid off,” says Moist. “Your vision and perseverance has made this country a more inclusive and just place for all.”

Moist thanked all CUPE members for lobbying their MPs and making their voices heard.

The legislation, which now goes to the Senate and for royal assent, extends long-awaited equal marriage rights to homosexuals across the country. Eight Canadian courts earlier ruled that excluding lesbians and gay men from civil marriage was discriminatory.

Moist was clear that equal status for same-sex couples will only strengthen the institution of marriage.

One’s love and commitment for another are the true measures of partnership – not one’s sexual orientation,” said Moist. “This evolution in human rights will only strengthen marriage by welcoming and recognizing the love and commitment of so many long excluded.”