Government of Yukon Updates Legislation to Reflect Redefinition of Marriage

Scales of Justice and Judge`s gavel

The Government of Yukon has announced that it will be hosting “community dialogues” for “lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, two-spirit plus” (“LGBTQ2S+”) to allow members of that umbrella group to “share their insights and help improve their inclusion in Government of Yukon programs and services.” Framed in the vague language of “providing programs and services” for “LGBTQ2S+” individuals, little is given in terms of information, real intentions, or concrete aims for results with which one could measure the success of this action.

EngageYukon, the Government of Yukon’s online forum for public input, describes the goals broadly as “part of our approach to reviewing legislation, policies and services, and modernizing them to be non-discriminatory for LGBTQ2S+ Yukoners.” What would such non-discriminatory legislation look like? One helpful example is provided by the Equality of Spouses Act, which recently became law. The Equality of Spouses Act removed the usage of “husband” and “wife” in laws concerning marriage, as “laws that use non-binary and sexist language have no place in our modern society,” according to Yukon’s Minister of Justice Tracey-Anne McPhee. If this trend of legislation and thought continues in the same vein of the Equality of Spouses Act, Yukoners can expect more semantics exercises by their government.

This blog post was written by a CCLA Volunteer. Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of the CCLA.