Call for photos: Same-Sex Marriage

Sandra Summers (left) and Christina Cassels (right) celebrate their marriage with their niece,
Emily Summers (centre): December 16, 2006. 

Submission start date: 27 February 2013
Submission end date: 21 March 2013


Can you help?
Same-sex couples gaining the right to marry in Canada is one of many topics that will be included in the inaugural exhibits of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. 
To present the topic of same-sex marriage to our future museum visitors, we are inviting same-sex couples from across Canada to share their photos and stories with us.   

1. What is this exhibit about?
In June 2003, a landmark decision by the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled that laws prohibiting same-sex marriage violated equality rights. The court immediately struck down those laws, making Ontario the first province in Canada where same-sex couples could legally marry. Eight provinces followed suit and, in 2005, the federal government passed the Civil Marriage Act, recognizing same-sex couples’ right to marry across the country. Canada was the fourth country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage. An exhibit about this decision will be included in the CMHR gallery that examines Canada’s human rights history.

2. How will photos be selected?

Photos will be selected that represent the diversity of same-sex couples and their experiences from all across Canada.  Photos must be of good quality and suitable for enlargement.

3. What will the Museum do with the photos?

All photos submitted will be treated with care and respect.
It is anticipated that most photos will be submitted in digital format. However, printed photos also may be submitted for copying. All original print photos will be returned to the owner. Digital copies of selected photos will be kept on file by the Collections Department of the CMHR. Some of these photos may be used in the Same-Sex Marriage exhibit, in related digital presentation(s), or in Web content. Different photos may be rotated into and out of these presentations over time.


4. Who owns the photo?

The person who owns the original photo will continue to own the rights to the photo after he or she has submitted it to the CMHR for copying, and is protected by Canadian Copyright Law. By submitting photographs to the CMHR, you implicitly aver that you are the owner and have the authority to give the Museum permission to use them. The CMHR will not exhibit your photographs in any way without your signed permission. The owner of a photo has the right to have his or her photo removed from the Museum’s digital photo collection at any time.

5. What happens if there are other people in the photo, besides the owner or person submitting the photo?

If a person is recognizable in the photograph then the CMHR must have that person’s signed permission in order to show their image. If a person is currently under 16 years of age, the Museum must have signed permission from that person’s parent(s) or guardian(s).
If appropriate, the CMHR may alter or crop a photo so that only those who have given their signed permission appear in the photo in the exhibit.

6. How can I submit my photos?

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights  can accept photographs as high-resolution digital copies, scanned copies, or original prints. If you are scanning print photographs for submission, please scan the images as jpeg files with a resolution of 600 dpi. Maximum file size is 10MB. Digital photographs can be uploaded using the button below. All original print images will be copied and returned to the owner. Only Museum employees involved in the research and design of this exhibit will have access to the photographs.