Coin to Commemorate End of Laws Against Homosexuality

This year the Royal Canadian Mint is producing a new $1 coin to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of Canadian laws against homosexuality. 

In 1967, then-Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau introduced amendments to the nation’s criminal code to decriminalize homosexual acts, which took effect in 1969. 

His son, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has aggressively pushed pro-LGBTQ policies since his election in 2015 while the government has increasingly encroached on freedom of conscience. In March 2016, the government shut down the Office of Religious Freedom, established in 2013. In 2018, Canada began requiring “attestation” of support for abortion rights and transgender rights for prospective employers wishing to participate in the Canada Summer Jobs Program.

Canada legalized homosexual marriage in 2005.