After the policy dialogue, we created a draft framework for dealing with competing rights in a respectful way that considered the rights of all involved. We presented this model to a diverse group of stakeholders in an intense two-day session. The framework is now being fine-tuned for the next step – creating a formal policy that offers practical steps for considering the possibility of solutions that will both respect and support everyone’s rights.
In 1992, the OHRC litigated and won the first recognition of same sex benefits in Leshner v. Ontario (No. 2). The Board of Inquiry (the forerunner of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario) found that Michael Leshner’s employer, the Province of Ontario, discriminated against him because of his sexual orientation when it denied him coverage under employment benefit plans for his same-sex partner.