TORONTO, December 22, 2003 ( – In a ruling that could cost taxpayers $400 million, Ontario Superior Court Justice Ellen Macdonald ruled Friday that homosexual couples must be granted CPP survivor benefits retroactively to 1985.  The award will apply only to practicing homosexuals whose partners died before 1998. The couples will have to prove that they lived in a conjugal relationship during that time. They argue their sexual activity is what legitimizes their right to marriage benefits unlike many other same-sex twosomes who are simply close friends, who also live together for years, do not use each other for sexual favours, but are equally dependent in many practical matters.  Commenting on the ruling, homosexual activist lawyer Douglas Elliot who argued the case for several homosexual couples said, “This is the first class-action decision awarding compensation to gays and lesbians anywhere in the world.”  Elliot also pointed out that the ruling is also the largest class-action award ever granted after a trial in Canada.  Tacking the ruling on to the homosexual ‘marriage’ agenda, Elliot added, it “sends in the strongest, clearest possible words a message to government that partial equality is   just not good enough.”  The payments with interest dating back to 1992 are being applied for by over 400 people thus far with Elliot expecting some 1,500 to apply.  Interestingly, studies of homosexual unions have repeatedly concluded that, in contrast to genuine marriage relationships, they are almost always open relationships, not expecting fidelity, in which the partners give each other the freedom to engage in sexual encounters with others. Homosexual unions also last an average of one and a half to three years according to those studies.  See the CTV coverage:  See Homosexual Unions Last Only 1.5 Years, Says New Study