ATV Live At Five piece: “The debate over same sex family benefits”
3:00 MichelleOliver? & PeggyWilson? in Halifax. Michelle: “It's not that complicated. We have a home the same as everyone else, we have problems the same as everybody else, and we get sick the same as everybody else. That’s why we need benefits. We’re a family like any family.”
6:30 BrianMombourquette "I would like to see my family, my friends, and my state give me the support that I ask for in this relationship." & RossBoutilier: "I would like to create a family together that any family ought to be concerned about."
7:30 "Last April the provincial government quietly granted employee benefits to samesex couples on the same basis as common law couples, and since then the changes have been barely notice."
8:16 AllisonBrewer "I just went with great pride and signed up my partner. It just felt really good, I somehow felt more valid, I felt more like a family."
9:50 a string of redneck Cape Bretoners
11:05 Nick Boyle, president of MicroNav, says the issue hasn't risen to date
The telephone poll: "Should family benefits be extended to same sex couples?"