The CBC recently ran a great series of videos and articles on what they’re calling the “new normal” as the number of same-sex marriages and same-sex families in Canada grows.
In the province of Quebec, gay dads Raphael Alyman and Alain Audet were the first same-sex couple in the province to both have their name on their child’s birth certificate. The couple now has two children, Cole and Emma.
Same-sex marriage was legalized in Canada in 2005. Since then, the number of same-sex marriages and families has been growing at a faster rate than straight marriages.
Last year, more than 21,015 same-sex couples reported they were legally married, according to the Census. That’s a 181 per cent increase over 2006. The total number of same-sex families grew by more than 42 per cent. By comparison, the number of opposite sex couples who reported they were in a married relationship in 2011 grew by just under three per cent.
Compare the statistics on the left, from the 2006 Canadian census, to the statistics on the right from 2011.