Canada 'can permit gay marriage'




 
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Boots
 
December 9th, 2004  
SwordFish_13
 
 

Topic: Canada 'can permit gay marriage'


Hi,



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The majority of Canadians are in favour of same-sex marriage


Canada 'can permit gay marriage'

Canada's Supreme Court has told the government it can legalise gay marriage without violating the constitution.

The move comes hours after New Zealand's parliament voted to recognise civil unions between gay couples.

The non-binding legal opinion followed two days of Supreme Court hearings in October in which judges heard arguments from both sides in the debate.

The province of Alberta and religious groups had argued that marriage was a union between a man and a woman.

But the court declared that Ottawa had the authority to rule on marriage.

Prime Minister Paul Martin said his Liberal government would bring in gay marriage legislation in the new year.

He said MPs would be able to vote according to conscience, but cabinet ministers had to back the bill.

"I do not believe you can have two classes of citizens," he was quoted as saying by Reuters news agency.

'Union of two'

Opposition Conservative leader Stephen Harper vowed to oppose the move, saying: "My position will be to preserve the traditional definition of marriage in the law."

The judges said that the federal government's proposed definition of marriage as "the lawful union of two persons" would not violate the constitution.

However, they stopped short of saying that the Canadian constitution actually required the government to allow gay marriage across the country.

The authorities in Ottawa had hoped that the court would go further, as this would have made it easier to pass legislation.

The court also said religious officials could not be forced to officiate at homosexual marriages against their beliefs.

Gay marriage is already legal in six of the 10 Canadian provinces and one of its three northern territories, but it remains illegal in the rest of the country.
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December 9th, 2004  
Trevor
 
I saw that on the news last night. Our nation is becoming so rediculous, I don't know wehat to say.
December 9th, 2004  
03USMC
 
 
Your Next headline read "San Franciso petitions to join Commonwealth"
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Boots
December 10th, 2004  
Italian Guy
 
 
Shouldn't be CA joining Canada, it should be AB joining the US, I tell you 8)
December 10th, 2004  
03USMC
 
 
I'd trade Cali and a state to be named later for Alberta
December 10th, 2004  
Italian Guy
 
 
December 16th, 2008  
The Other Guy
 
 
Saw this at the bottom and just wondered; is this still in effect? Is anyone left from Canada here who can tell me if it is?
December 16th, 2008  
AFSteliga
 
 
It's definitely still in effect.