Kisses, hugs and tears abounded after dozens of couples exchanged vows at a mass same-sex wedding ceremony in Toronto Thursday.
Officiants from 12 denominations gave their blessing to the crowd before more than 100 couples at The Grand Prix wedding said “I do” in unison.
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The Grand Pride Wedding for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and two-spirited couples was thought to be the first of its kind in Canada and involved individuals from around the world.
Organizers said the wedding was the largest of its kind in North America.
It was held at Casa Loma, a palatial Toronto home built between 1911 and 1914, which has since become a popular tourist attraction and event venue.
Canada’s first legal same-sex marriage took place on June 10, 2003, just hours after Ontario’s Court of Appeal pronounced the Canadian law on traditional marriage unconstitutional.
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Other provinces followed suit and the federal government legalized same-sex marriage countrywide two years later with the gender-neutral Civil Marriage Act.
– with files from The Canadian Press