Canadian Man Thinking Globally About Gay Rights

Canadian Man Thinking Globally About Gay Rights
SEATTLE - After helping to secure gay marriages north of the border, a Canadian man is now thinking globally. But he admits the struggle to be recognized as an "equal" won't be easy.

He's guided local coalitions, statewide groups, and has even led an entire country (Canada) to accept gay marriages. "My mission, I guess, has always been the kind of world where Lesbian and Gay people can celebrate who we are with equal freedom, dignity, and respect," says activist John Fisher.

Fisher grew up in New Zealand, where being gay was against the law. Today, things are changing, and he believes it's time for the next challenge.

"Within the next couple of weeks, I'll be leaving North America to relocate permanently to Geneva, where many of the United Nations human rights mechanisms are based," Fisher tells KOMO News.

He'll create the first global gay rights group, called ARC International.

"We have to brace ourselves for a long and hard struggle," Fisher concedes.

But there's another movement gaining momentum as well.

"Our global movement started over 2,000 years ago on the cross with Jesus Christ," says Pastor Ken Hutcherson of Redmond's Antioch Bible Church.

Hutcherson pulls no punches when it comes to equal rights for gays. He says today they want gay marriage, but doesn't believe it will end there.

"You know, if I had a cobra, and I was looking at him to buy him. He's had seven other owners, and he's bitten and killed all seven owners," Hutcherson says. "And then he turns around and says 'you can trust me.'"

According to Hutcherson, pastors around the world are being arrested and being hauled into court for speaking up for what they believe is right.

It's an issue that has an extreme right, and extreme left, and not much room in the middle. And while it can divide families, it can also bring them closer together.

"Every time I watch him work, I feel proud. But it's more than that, it's a sense of having mothered a son who is making a difference," says Joyce Ericson of Seattle, Fisher's mother.

The Washington Supreme Court is expected to rule on Gay Marriage soon. Tomorrow, we'll hear from both sides on that issue, and its impact on our state.