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Canada’s House of Commons approves transgender rights bill

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

OTTAWA — Canada’s House of Commons on Wednesday passed a bill that would make it illegal to discriminate against transgender people.

The bill now goes to the Senate, which is unelected and is expected to approve it.

“Today, New Democrats are proud to have contributed to ensuring equal protection under the law from discrimination and hatred based on gender identity,” said Randall Garrison of the New Democrat Party, in a statement after the vote.

“Transgender and transsexual citizens are among the most marginalized and are too often victims of harassment and acts of violence,” he said.

The bill is one of the first tests of the Conservative caucus’ resolve on gay and transgender rights in Canada at a time when Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has been mounting a strong defense of such rights abroad.

The legislation passed Wednesday by a vote of 149-137, with the crucial support of 16 Conservatives, including four cabinet ministers.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper opposed the bill.

Associated Press contributed to this report.
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  1. Yay Canada!!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 8:24pm
  2. ALL OF MY YES!!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 8:25pm
  3. Yay!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 8:25pm
  4. unfortunately it’s a watered down version of a bill that was passed a couple of years ago…and the most disturbing part, our right wing religious Prime Minister voted against it…

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 8:27pm
  5. way to go canada!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 8:27pm
  6. :D

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 8:28pm
  7. time to move to canada

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 8:28pm
  8. I love my country

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 8:30pm
  9. Warm them not to travel to Arizona… for oh so many reasons!

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 8:30pm
  10. awesome, Canada rocks!!!!!! grats to the LGBT community

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 8:30pm
  11. I wish the US would take the same initiative and pass one too

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 8:34pm
  12. Increasingly, it seems, I am developing a raging CRUSH on that spot North of the Border! <3 <3 <3

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 8:35pm
  13. YES! :D

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 8:36pm
  14. Yes Amanda, news like this has me wanting to make that move too! And undoubtedly, as I’m sure the trans community didn’t accomplish these things alone, their allies must have been REAL ones; too often here n the states, the other letters of the acronym are satisfied leaving the “T” out of the equation, with promises to ‘come back’ for us…

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 8:43pm
  15. Canada is 10 years ahead of us in the USA. Or, so I have heard.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 8:47pm
  16. Canada is light years ahead of the U.S.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 9:57pm
  17. A move to CA may be in my future. They are way ahead of the U. S. on equal rights.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 10:01pm
  18. Proud to be a Canuck :). Set to share Mar. 21st, 12 noon.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 10:33pm
  19. I really hope I can move there someday. I can’t stand living in the US. :(

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 11:03pm
  20. Good. I would like to see my transgendered brothers and sisters to have and enjoy the rights as everyone else. Thank you, House of Commons.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 11:43pm
  21. See I dont get it. Why is Canada despite it near us in Usa, we just are so far behind in our time.

    Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 11:53pm