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This is an overview of the event which ocurred in 2005 Includes brief history explanation of event and prediction for the future as the assignment specified Thesis The passage of Bill C-38 The Civil Marriage Act on July 19 2005 in the Canadian Senate which legalized homosexual civil marriage across the country ending an extensive debate about the issue of homosexual marriage will lead to a great increase in immigration to this tolerant country Includes Bibliography at end of paper HOMOSEXUAL CIVIL MARRIAGE LEGALIZED IN CANADA In 1869 Austro-Hungarian doctor and sexologist KM Benkert first coined the word homosexual Lee meaning a tendency to direct sexual desire towards individuals of ones own sex In 1897 Dr Magnus Hirschfeld formed the Scientific Humanitarian Committee a lobby group to argue for the elimination of criminal laws against homosexuals Homosexuality first won significant international support in the 1920s because of the work of Dr Hirschfelds Institute of Sexual Science in Berlin In the 1960s homosexuals publicly declared that gays were a legitimate minority group that should be allowed legal protection against discrimination Lee This sparked a gay liberation activist movement in Canada including advocates that have argued for modifications in many areas such as reformed medical care and coverage along with restrictions in military service In 1974 Canadian lobby groups persuaded the American Psychiatric Association APA to distinguish research proving that no particular physical or personality type is associated with homosexual orientation Through recent past acceptance of homosexuals has accelerated because of general tolerance and organized gay liberation campaigns Lee With over 100 years of political and social reform in the area of homosexuality civil marriage for these homosexual couples could not have been far behind The passage of Bill C-38 The Civil Marriage Act on July 19 2005 in the Canadian Senate which legalized homosexual civil marriage across the country ending an extensive debate about the issue of homosexual marriage will lead
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