All documents filed are up for public review here:
The CBC will be webcasting the court sessions but I've no further details on that at the moment. I will link to it when I do.
I have several days of transcripts to summarize here in my blog and I hope to have that all done and up for your review prior to the closing sessions of this case. Much of what is left is the anecdotal evidence - the testimony of former and current members of various FLDS groups.
What wasn't presented in court but filed only in written affidavit form are the five polyamourous families which the Canadian Polyamory Advocacy Association submitted. The story of polyamory in Canada is in those affidavits and the 1500 pages of literature that researches our multi-partner relationship configurations and philosophy which were also filed by the CPAA. The closing statement of the CPAA and of the Amicus both bring those before the court and as they are orally presented shortly - we WILL have our story before the court and quoted in the media.
This law is not just about people living in Bountiful, British Columbia as the media and the Attorneys General would have us all believe. This law impacts many many people who have loving healthy families and live right next door to us. This law would break up families who are doing no wrong and just dare to love and build solid healthy empowering relationships in a different manner than perhaps you do. This law impacts our rights and paints us with a wide brush that is both terribly unfair and terribly inaccurate.
I ask , Dear Reader, that you keep these issues in your thoughts, hearts and prayers to whatever your concept of the divine or universal and...
- Be aware of what is a stake in this law that has never been effectively enforced but is touted as the only answer to a huge community problem in one small Canadian locality.
- Be willing to speak out to your neighbours, friends, MP's MLA's and the media in all possible formats. Write that letter. Make that online comment. Be informed and share that knowledge.
- Make your voice heard for those across Canada who have a right to live in a loving happy home in peace and without discrimination.
- Speak out for the enforcement of laws already on the books to deal with trafficking of children, child brides, child abuse, spousal abuse, welfare fraud and all the harms associated with men/women who are very good at oppressing other family members for whatever stated purpose or ultimate intent - whether those men/women live in monogamous or multi-partnered households.
- Speak out for social intervention in the form of culture specific programs to assist the victims of these situations and not for a law that criminalizes them too.
Yes, there are men, women and children who live in unacceptable situations that need help. Let's throw off the fear and secrecy that criminalization imposes. Let's work together to find a way to encourage them to seek help and respond with open non-judgmental arms when they do. Section 293 of the Criminal Code of Canada - the Polygamy Law is NOT that way.