Homophobic remarks slam gay MP's Christmas card

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It has all the hallmarks of a politician's glossy Christmas card.

Pastoral setting? Check. Doe-eyed golden retriever? Check. Handsome couple dressed in smart casual? Check.

Same-sex couple? That was too much for "a handful of bigots" who objected to Scott Brison's holiday greeting card depicting him and spouse Maxime St. Pierre, according to the Nova Scotia Liberal MP.

"The overwhelming response has been very positive," Brison said from Windsor, N.S. "There's always a very, very tiny minority of bigots. It's their problem, it's not my problem."

Canadian Liberal MP Scott Brison's 2009 Christmas card showing Brison and his partner Maxime St. Pierre standing in a field with their dog Simba.  Photo by The Canadian Press

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It has all the hallmarks of a politician's glossy Christmas card.

Pastoral setting? Check. Doe-eyed golden retriever? Check. Handsome couple dressed in smart casual? Check.

Same-sex couple? That was too much for "a handful of bigots" who objected to Scott Brison's holiday greeting card depicting him and spouse Maxime St. Pierre, according to the Nova Scotia Liberal MP.

"The overwhelming response has been very positive," Brison said from Windsor, N.S. "There's always a very, very tiny minority of bigots. It's their problem, it's not my problem."

At least one news website had to shut down its comments section running under a story about the card. The Globe and Mail web editor said the section was shut down because of "hateful and homophobic remarks."

Toronto Star blogger Susan Delacourt tried a pre-emptive approach: she closed off comments before any vitriol could be posted.

"So crazy hateful people should probably just walk away from the keyboard now," she wrote. "Yes, backward, just like that, slowly, hands in the air. There you go. Get outdoors; it'll be good for you."

Brison is one of the few openly gay members of Parliament. He married his partner in 2007, two years after same-sex marriage became legal in Canada. He easily won re-election last year.

The card features the two men standing in a field separated by their golden retriever, Simba, in Brison's rural riding of King-Hants.

It's the first time the couple has sent out a Christmas card together. The picture came from a photoshoot they were given as a wedding gift.

He and St. Pierre are warmly received wherever they go, he said.

"I guess the people who would post homophobic comments on a blog would not have the courage to do so directly to me."

Brison insists there was no political message behind the holiday greeting.

"I'm not the first politician to have a family picture on a Christmas card ... I'm looking forward to the day when this is seen as no big deal."

Organizations: Nova Scotia Liberal MP., Globe and Mail

Geographic location: Ottawa, Windsor, Canada

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  • WTF
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    Live and let live.

  • James
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    It's sad that there are such petty, hateful people out there. I suppose for them, evolution is just something that happens to *other* people.

  • Heather
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    To all the bigots and haters - perhaps you should reflect on this saying good will to all men

  • McLovin
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    Question. Why was the media reporting on such a trivial event in the first place? As far as I am concerned, if people weren't given the opportunity to comment on issues such as these, they probably wouldn't. The media want people to comment on these issues and then write more stories about the response. Talk about make-work projects and adding fuel to the fire!!

  • arnold
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    Brison insists there was no political message behind the holiday greeting.

    Politicians sending our Christmas greeting cards IS a political message in itself. You are sending a message to people you don't personally know. Now, for what ? Will you continue to send them the rest of your life long after you are no longer in politics ? We'll see.

  • Dave
    July 02, 2010 - 13:10

    Way to go Scott Brison! Be proud of who you are and be glad that you can show everybody that you are in a happy and loving relationship. If everybody could be as free and happy as you are, the world would be a much better place.

    Merry Christmas and I pray that the world becomes a more respectful one!!

  • WTF
    July 01, 2010 - 20:23

    Live and let live.

  • James
    July 01, 2010 - 20:13

    It's sad that there are such petty, hateful people out there. I suppose for them, evolution is just something that happens to *other* people.

  • Heather
    July 01, 2010 - 20:01

    To all the bigots and haters - perhaps you should reflect on this saying good will to all men

  • McLovin
    July 01, 2010 - 19:59

    Question. Why was the media reporting on such a trivial event in the first place? As far as I am concerned, if people weren't given the opportunity to comment on issues such as these, they probably wouldn't. The media want people to comment on these issues and then write more stories about the response. Talk about make-work projects and adding fuel to the fire!!

  • arnold
    July 01, 2010 - 19:52

    Brison insists there was no political message behind the holiday greeting.

    Politicians sending our Christmas greeting cards IS a political message in itself. You are sending a message to people you don't personally know. Now, for what ? Will you continue to send them the rest of your life long after you are no longer in politics ? We'll see.

  • Dave
    July 01, 2010 - 19:45

    Way to go Scott Brison! Be proud of who you are and be glad that you can show everybody that you are in a happy and loving relationship. If everybody could be as free and happy as you are, the world would be a much better place.

    Merry Christmas and I pray that the world becomes a more respectful one!!