See also: Common-law relationships in Manitoba. Flags can still be displayed elsewhere including on embassy walls and inside buildings. The first same-sex couple to marry, just hours after the Court of Appeal decision, were Michael Leshner and Michael Starklong-time advocates for marriage equality for same-sex couples who had been litigants and intervenors in various court cases addressing the issue, including the Court of Appeal decision.
SOCE has helped many individuals who experience unwanted same-sex attraction reorient to heterosexuality. The court also ruled that two couples who had previously had a wedding ceremony in the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto using an ancient common-law procedure called the reading of the banns would be considered legally married.
The case of Everett Klippert provides an excellent example of this. Archived from the original on June 25, Vitit Muntarbhorn, the newly appointed Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity SOGI spoke positively of laws in Argentina that recognize self-perceived gender identity, same-sex marriage, and that call for comprehensive sexuality education for children.
A judge grants the divorce in September