Monday, May 22, 2006

O Canada…

Via AMERICAblog from The ChronicleHerald of Halifax, Nova Scotia:

Mounties get their men — each other

The Force is with them as RCMP officers to wed
By DAN ARSENAULT Staff Reporter

METEGHAN — On a Friday night in Yarmouth this June, Const. Jason Tree (left) and Const. David Connors will don their scarlet dress uniforms, stand before family, friends and co-workers and wed in the first same-sex marriage in the RCMP’s storied history.

In an interview in their Meteghan home Wednesday afternoon, the men said they’ve had great support from the national police force, the community and their families.

“I’ve never had a single problem,” said Const. Tree, 27, a native of Fredericton, who has worked in southwestern Nova Scotia for six years and is posted in Meteghan.

The pair, who’ve dated since meeting at the University of New Brunswick more than eight years ago, will be married by a justice of the peace at the Rodd Grand Hotel on June 30. Each will write his own vows, and each will have a best man. They expect plenty of fellow officers to attend and have yet to decide if they’ll have their colleagues form an honour guard for them. They plan to honeymoon in France and England.

Provincial RCMP spokesman Sgt. Frank Skidmore said the force was happy to hear about the union, adding that they’re proud RCMP officers reflect all aspects of the community.

“This is a first for us,” Sgt. Skidmore said Wednesday. “Certainly, the RCMP welcomes a workforce that is representative of Canadian society, and that is the case here.”

Congratulations, men. Here’s to a long and happy life together.

I really wish Canada would annex a subtropical territory or two…

PS: The title Brokeback Mounties was taken. Trust me, I thought of it.