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Halifax Grand Parade to host 25 same-sex vow renewals

07/17/2015 05:15 EDT | Updated 07/17/2016 05:59 EDT
Halifax Grand Parade will host 25 couples who've registered to renew their marriage vows, in part to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Canada's Civil Marriage Act that legalized same-sex unions. 

Mayor Mike Savage will be at Friday's 'You're Still The One' ceremony celebrating marriage equality, and will officiate the renewals of vows for all couples. 

Tee Martin and Meegan Dowe met online as they blogged about their weight loss journey. Their long-distance relationship flourished over Skype, because Martin was living in Seattle, Washington. 

But when they decided to get married four years ago, they had to elope to Vancouver because the State of Washington didn't recognize same-sex marriages at the time. 

"Once we were married, we flew back to my hometown and we stepped off the plane, our marriage was no longer recognized." said Martin.

Martin and Dowe say they are thrilled to renew their vows at Friday's event. 

"Not only for the reason of standing up in front of our families for the first time, but also being so soon after the Marriage Equality Act passing in the States where Tee is from — it's just meant that much more," Dowe said.

On July 20, 2005 Canada became the fourth country in the world and the first one outside Europe to legalize same-sex marriages.  

Savage, who was a Member of Parliament at the time, thinks it's appropriate to mark the occasion.

"I'm proud of it. I'm proud that Canada led the way on this," said Savage.

"Let's just be happy that you can love whoever you want to love in this country."  

At the event, music will be performed by the Maritime Brass Quintet, a photo booth will be provided, as well as cupcakes and refreshments. 

The proceedings start at noon.

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