Michael Hendricks and René Leboeuf become the first same-sex couple to legally marry in Quebec, Canada. Last month, the Court of Appeal ruled in Hendricks and Leboeuf v. Quebec that same-sex marriages should be legal under Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
During the case, plaintiff Michael Hendricks was asked why they wanted to get married and he answered:
"We're concerned for our future. I am six years away from the Alzheimer's test. If I drop dead tomorrow, will René get the house?
We saw dementia with HIV, we know how destructive it can be. If I get senile at the end, I can do no harm to him. Also, he would know that I made that commitment."
His partner René Leboeuf added:
"Marriage means acknowledgment that I am more than a gay man. I am a citizen, part of a family that is accepted by society."