Trans advocate Morgane Oger just won a major human rights case | Need to Know | Xtra

Trans advocate Morgane Oger just won a major human rights case | Need to Know | Xtra


It feels pretty good to be vindicated in a way that makes law. From a human point of view, I hated reading the ruling – it was awful. One hundred and five pages recounting the last two years of this guy harassing me and chasing me around in a way that was really terrifying. The argument was around the question, does freedom of religion and freedom of expression extend to overriding the freedom to participate in democracy. And the decision was actually, in fact, no. The rights have to be balanced. And there are limits to what you do. It’s the adage ‘Your right to swing your arms ends at my nose.’ This is very important for everybody across Canada who belongs to a community that gets picked on by hate propaganda. If it was against someone on the basis of their race, or on the basis of their faith or any other of the explicitly prohibited grounds of discrimination, the same thing would apply. And so Mr. Whatcott gracefully, we can say, helped put another solid precedent to, once and for all, put an end to the claim that freedom of religion includes harming people.

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