Tuesday, August 17, 2004

CIBC Goes Gay


LifeSite Daily News
Monday August 16, 2004

CIBC - Major Canadian Bank Goes Officially Pro-Gay 'Marriage'

TORONTO, August 16, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Canadian Imperial Bank ofCommerce this year joined forces with homosexual activists, and hosted its first "Gay Pride" reception to coincide with Toronto's "Gay Pride" parade. CIBC employees carried a company-endorsed banner in the parade.CIBC chairman John Hunkin gave the address at the company-sponsored "GayPride" reception, June 24. "CIBC . . . has a long history of supportingthe Gay & Lesbian Community," Hunkin boasted. "In the mid-1990s, forexample, CIBC made same-sex benefits available to its employees wellbefore employers across Canada were legally obligated to do so.""CIBC also had an opportunity to play a role, albeit a small one, in thelegal battle for same-sex marriage," Hunkin continued. He described how employee Joe Varnell and former employee Kevin Bourassa became the first legally "married" homosexuals in the world. ". . . [A]s they embarked ontheir legal challenge to the common law definition of marriage, theyreceived the support, encouragement and flexibility they needed frommanagers, colleagues and specialist groups at CIBC," he said.Hunkin boasted about the participation of about 50 employees at the 2003 "Gay Pride" parade.

Read related LifeSiteNews.com coverage:Toronto Gay Pride Week Sponsors Feature Corporate Heavyweights: http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2004/jun/04062308.html
Contact CIBC to voice your opinion: http://www.cibc.com/ca/contact-cibc.html