Politics of the Heart / La Politique du Cœur

Nancy Nicol

2005, 68:00 minutes, colour, English language version, or French language version


Available in both French and English versions

Based in Quebec, Politics of the Heart is a moving portrait of lesbian and gay families as well as a powerful story of how they organized out of conditions of violence and discrimination to win recognition of their relationships, families and parenting rights. As a result of their work the Quebec National Assembly voted unanimously to extend the same parenting rights to homoparental families as heterosexual parents, in 2002. Woven into the story is also the landmark case in Quebec that broke the ban against same sex marriage, making Quebec the third province in Canada to recognize equal marriage.

La politique du cœur
dresse un portrait émouvant de familles gaies et lesbiennes québécoises et relate l’organisation de leur lutte, dans un contexte socio-politique violent et discriminatoire, pour obtenir la reconnaissance légale de leurs unions, de leurs familles et de leurs droits parentaux. Leurs démarches portèrent fruit puisqu’en 2002 l’Assemblée nationale du Québec votait unanimement pour accorder les mêmes droits aux familles homoparentales et hétérosexuels. Entrelacé à cette lutte, se démarque aussi celle d’une action en justice historique afin d’obtenir le droit égal au mariage et faisant du Québec la troisième province à reconnaître les mariages entre conjoints de même sexe.

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