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Saint John receives gay tourists ‘with open arms’

In Print on June 25, 2009 at 5:49 pm
Gay couples from across the United States arrive to Saint John where many of them will be married under the Canadian law that allows for gay marriage.

Gay couples from across the United States arrive to Saint John where many of them will be married under the Canadian law that allows for gay marriage.

MARK LEGER AND BOJAN FÜRST Special to the Globe and Mail

It was a typical Saint John summer day when the Norwegian Dawn docked at Long Wharf last Tuesday – thick, cool fog enveloped the massive ship as it pulled into the harbour. Much less typical was the group of gay and lesbian activists congregated at the end of the wharf waving rainbow and Canadian flags, waiting to greet Rosie O’Donnell and the other 2,200 passengers aboard the gay cruise ship.

As the passengers passed through the security gate they were greeted with smiles, handshakes and hugs. But many of them were not headed for the Canada’s oldest city market or the Reversing Falls. Instead a dozen or so couples and their families walked straight to the bus adorned in wedding decorations waiting to take them to a Saint John courthouse. For them, this was a big day indeed.

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