Is it one of the province's or all of Canada that allows same-sex marriages?
posted on 02/16/2004 9:04:57 PM PST
(When anything goes, everything does.)
The federal government is responsible for the laws of marriage and divorce in Canada, while provinces control the solemnization and licensing of marriage.
The legal definition of marriage remains, in Canada, one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others. And God willing, will stay that way.
However, the Ontario and British Columbia Courts of Appeal have declared the common-law definition of marriage, as embodied in the federal Marriage Act, to be contrary to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
What we have is a queer (pardon the pun) legal situation, in which it is now legal in two provinces to issue marriage licences to homosexual couples, while they are not, in the eyes of the federal government, legally married.
The other provinces have not issued, nor will issue, marriage licences to homosexual couples.
posted on 02/16/2004 9:12:42 PM PST
(Tony Clement for Leader: Conservative Party of Canada!)
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