In defence of interveners (written by Gillian Hnatiw)

It was difficult to miss the United States Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage earlier this month.
As our neighbours to the south celebrated (or decried the Ends of Days), many Canadians felt a tinge of smug amusement that marriage equality is still a matter of such vigorous debate south of the border.
After all, the 12-year anniversary of the Court of Appeal’s decision legalizing gay marriage in Ontario just passed. The Supreme Court’s decision in the marriage reference is now more than a decade old. Marriage equality is now a well-settled fact in this country. The sky has not fallen. Our civilization has not crumbled into the sea. One could almost be forgiven for forgetting the vigour with which we once debated the issue at all.

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