High-profile gay activist minister charged with sexually abusing boy in 1970s
TORONTO, February 2, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- Canada’s most celebrated homosexual activist minister has been charged for allegedly sexually abusing a boy in the mid-1970s.
Rev. Brent Hawkes, 65, of the Metropolitan Community Church in Toronto, has been charged with indecent assault on a male and gross indecency. He was summoned to court in Kentville, Nova Scotia yesterday to face the charges. Local police have refused to provide further details.
Hawkes, who lives with his male "husband," has become a major icon of homosexual activism in Canada.
He famously flouted Canadian law by illegally "marrying" a homosexual couple in his Toronto church in 2001. When the Canadian government would not recognize it, he took the government to court. Subsequently, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice recognized the "marriage" as legal, beginning a process of judicial activism that eventually culminated in the legalization of homosexual "marriage" by Canada’s Parliament in 2005.
For his “lifetime of distinguished service” in promoting homosexual ‘rights’ and ‘equality’ Hawkes received Canada’s highest civilian award — the Order of Canada — in 2007. In 2014, the WorldPride Parade in Toronto honored Hawkes by making him grand marshal of the event.
Hawkes is denying the charges. “I want to be crystal clear: I am innocent of these allegations. The purported events simply did not take place,” he said in a statement appearing on his church’s website.
“While it is impossible for me to understand where these almost 40 year old accusations come from, I have a faith that will sustain me as well as faith in Canada’s justice system.”
"For 38 years, I have fought, with all that I have, for equality for my community. I have fought to give voice to those without voice. Now I will fight, with all that I have, these accusations. This time, however, my fight will be different; this time I will allow others to give voice for me,” he said.
Hawkes is being represented by civil rights lawyer Clayton Ruby, known for his work of defending abortionist Henry Morgentaler and convicted child pornographer Benjamin Levin, as well as for bringing legal action against the British Columbian government for approving a Christian-based school of law with its Christian code-of-conduct governing sex.
Ruby said he believes Hawkes’ account. “I have known Brent for more than a quarter century. I believe him, completely, when he tells me these accusations are false and that these events did not happen,” he said in a statement that appeared on Hawkes’ church website.
“We will now show, in court, that Brent is innocent of these 40 year old allegations. Like Brent, I have confidence, not only in our justice system but, in the outcome of this matter. I am confident that Brent will be vindicated, found innocent and that his 38 years of commitment to human rights and progressive Christianity will remain unblemished,” he said.
A plea date is set for April 13.
Update: That the charges brought against Brent Hawkes involve a minor, as stated in our report, come from Toronto’s CP24, which interviewed an individual last week closely associated with the case and who provided these details. View the entire clip here. When LifeSiteNews contacted CP24 to verify this information, the receptionist refused to help and hung up the phone. The homosexual newspaper Daily Xtra is also reporting that the alleged victim is a minor.