Just after the Ontario court decision, it voted to recommend that the federal government not appeal the ruling. August 23, The Conservative Partyled by Stephen Harper, won a minority government in the federal election on January 23, I began scribbling answers for her.
Instead, it ruled that the marriages were legal and same-sex marriage was available throughout Ontario immediately: Halpern v Canada AG.
Although marriage is a federal law, the court only had jurisdiction to implement the ruling within Ontario. See also Same-sex union legislation Same-sex union court cases Timeline of same-sex marriage Recognition of same-sex unions in Africa Recognition of same-sex unions in Asia Recognition of same-sex unions in Europe Recognition of same-sex unions in the Americas Recognition of same-sex unions in Oceania Marriage privatization Divorce of same-sex couples Domestic partnership Military policy Adoption Listings by country LGBT rights by country or territory.
In the European Union mandated that all of its members pass laws recognizing the same-sex marriages of fellow EU countries. See " Same-sex marriage in Alberta " for further discussion of the issue. Gay marriage was later made legal, under the same terms, elsewhere in the country.
Archived from the original on October 18, Editors and affiliations. This article was published more than 10 years ago. As well, the bill ensures that no religious institution or clergy will be forced to perform a ceremony against their beliefs.
According to the Constitution of Canada , the definition of marriage is the exclusive responsibility of the federal government; this interpretation was upheld by a December 9, , opinion of the Supreme Court of Canada Reference Re Same-Sex Marriage.
September 17, We hope to have this fixed soon. It ordered same-sex marriages read into that act, permitting the plaintiffs, a lesbian couple, to divorce.