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Few gay marriages go ahead at Toronto City Hall but more performed at church

By Mike Oliveira

TORONTO (CP) – There was no walk down the aisle, no blushing bride and the happy couple wore black leather pants with matching vests. But when the two men walked out of church they were legally married in the eyes of God and the government, the man who performed the ceremony said Saturday.

Somewhat surprisingly, Ernie Lacasse, 67, of Toronto, and Ric Reed, 30, of Concord, Calif., were one of only a few gay couples to be married on Saturday, as thousands were in the city for Gay Pride week.

Many were expected to take advantage of an Ontario court’s recent ruling granting marriages to gay partners, but by Saturday evening only two homosexual services had gone ahead at City Hall, along with a handful of others at churches in the city.

The ceremonies were expected to continue Sunday, when at least 16 gay couples – or half of the day’s bookings – were set to be married. Most were from the United States, the official said.

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