Casa Loma hosts biggest LGBTQ wedding in history

Over 100 gay couples will be married at the Toronto historic landmark on Thursday

Inae Lee knows she won't have the support of her South Korean parents as she weds her partner inToronto on Thursday, but she's hoping the 109 other couples tying the knot beside her will make up for her family's rejection of her relationship.

Lee will be just one of the participants in a mass wedding for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and two-spirited couples, which is considered the first of its kind in Canada. The Grand Pride Wedding will involve couples from across Canada as well as participants from countries where same sex marriage is illegal.

For Lee, the event is historically significant.

``In my parents' mind they don't believe that this can be celebrated. In their mind it's something that's illegal, it's something that's not allowed, it's very sinful,'' said 28-year-old Lee. ``I really want to let them know that we are celebrated, and it's ok for us to get married.''

Lee is getting married to Jenny Chang Ho, who is originally from Venezuela. The pair met in Toronto two years ago and have been together ever since.

Canada's first legal same-sex marriage took place on June 10, 2003, just hours after Ontario's Court of Appeal pronounced the Canadian law on traditional marriage unconstitutional. Other provinces followed suit and the federal government legalized same-sex marriage countrywide two years later with the gender-neutral Civil Marriage Act.

Organizers say up to 1,000 people are expected to attend Thursday's Grand Pride Wedding, which is believed to be the largest of its kind in North America.

It's being held at Casa Loma, a palatial Toronto home built between 1911 and 1914, which has since become a popular tourist attraction and event venue.

``What we see Casa Loma as is this grand lady at the top of the hill watching Toronto evolve,'' said Nick Di Donato, president and CEO of the Liberty Entertainment Group which operates the facility and is hosting the event. ``This is a dramatic part of that evolution.''

Di Donato's company is taking on all costs for the event, with the couples only having to pay for an Ontario marriage licence.

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  1. john posted on 06/26/2014 10:30 AM
    as if the people who died in that place tortured to death and become ghosts have been tortured enough already .
    1. john's family posted on 06/26/2014 10:49 AM
      @john You are truly a sick person.

      Casa Loma has been a home, a hotel, a popular dance place and a tourist attraction.

      It has never been a place where anyone was ever tortured and there are no ghosts.

      Get some help ... you're not normal.
    2. john posted on 06/26/2014 11:17 AM
      @john's family stick it up your ass donny p . if anybody needs help it is u .
    3. john posted on 06/26/2014 11:25 AM
      @john's family do u have any paranormal experience before . if not then the fuck up bitch
    4. john's uncle boris posted on 06/26/2014 03:28 PM
      @john Look behind you, john.
      I stole your brain ...

      No ... wait a minute ... it's just more diarrhea from your mouth.
    5. john posted on 06/26/2014 03:41 PM
      @john's uncle boris i am not a Russian asshole . boris is a Russian name and according to the spell checker the name is spelled wrong . so go fuck yourself u know i am right u are just being a bitch about it like u always do donny p .
  2. john posted on 06/26/2014 10:36 AM
    oh and get a divorce 6 months latter .
  3. donny p.'s aunt posted on 06/26/2014 04:06 PM
    What are you doing on the Internet. I thought we told you to stay off there!
    You come take your meds right now donny!
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