It’s true: All you really need is love.
As part of the ongoing World Pride festivities, Toronto hosted the largest LGBTQ wedding ever at Casa Loma today. More than 100 smiling couples walked down the aisle to have their love officially recognized and celebrated while more than 1,000 people looked on.
It kind of makes you think: We really make it look easy here, don’t we?
Many of the newly-married couples came to Toronto from foreign countries where same-sex marriage is frowned upon, or where it’s considered a criminal offence.
“[My parents are] both South Korean, so for them it’s illegal. For them it’s sinful, it’s not something that’s allowed,” said Inah Lee, who was one of the first to tie the knot today. “It’s hard to find someone who understands you.”
Many gay couples deal with that sort of stigma, and yet, love persists. Lee hopes that once her family sees how another country celebrates same-sex marriage, it might change their perspective. After all, check out how awesome they look:
In fact, it was all smiles today:
It’s hard for Canadians to understand the negativity that surrounds something like World Pride — an event created for the sole purpose of celebrating love. But it’s important to never lose sight of that, or we could risk taking something so profound for granted.
At least we know one thing for sure though: Those wedding bells are going to be ringing a whole lot today.
Congratulations to the 110 newlywed couples!