Gay rights removed from Canada's naturalization study guides

All references to gay and lesbian rights are now removed from the information immigrants must learn to become a Canadian citizen.
Canada's Citizenship and Immigrant Minister Jason Keeney demanded a removal of gay rights from naturalization studies. (courtesy of wardheernews.com)

Against advice, Canada’s immigrant minister ordered a removal of gay rights references from immigrant study guides for Canadian citizenship, reports seattlepi.com.

Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney demanded the removal of sections that discuss the 1969 decriminalization of homosexuality, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms forbidding sexual discrimination, and the legalization of same-sex marriages.

“It’s becoming very clear that Minister Kenney never intended this to be a Canadian citizenship guide but instead a Conservative citizenship guide,” said Canadian politician Scott Brison.

The final print of the immigrant study guide, produced in 500,000 copies, does not mention gay or lesbian rights.

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