Following the electionwhich was won by a Conservative minority government under new Prime Minister Stephen Harperthe House of Commons defeated a motion to reopen the matter by a vote of to on December 7,effectively reaffirming the legislation.
It further ruled that to continue to restrict marriages in Yukon to opposite-sex couples would result in an unacceptable state of a provision's being in force in one jurisdiction and not another. Your message has been sent.
InStatistics Canada began collecting information about same-sex partnerships. Archived from the original on June 7, Quebec and ordering that it take effect immediately.
Michael Bruhn ruled in favor of the state, reinstating the charges against West, arguing that this criminal case did not concern whether the State Constitution mandates same-sex marriage, but rather whether West violated his oath of office in performing illegal marriages.
The legal status of same-sex marriages in provinces and territories that did not perform them was uncertain prior to the passage of the Civil Marriage Act. Canada appealed the decision, requesting that the decision take effect immediately instead of after a delay.
Payne, Canadian Family Law4th ed. Inafter the court case M. December 10,
Prime Minister Paul Martin later added a fourth in January . The court also ruled that two couples who had previously had a wedding ceremony in the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto using an ancient common-law procedure called the reading of the banns would be considered legally married.
Federal lawyers had ceased to contest such cases,  and only Alberta's Conservative provincial government remained officially opposed. See also: Common-law relationships in Manitoba.
Lehman Before introducing it into Parliament , the Federal Cabinet submitted the bill as a reference to the Supreme Court Reference Re Same-Sex Marriage , asking the court to rule on whether limiting marriage to heterosexual couples was consistent with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and if same-sex civil unions are an acceptable alternative.
The legal status of same-sex marriages in these jurisdictions created an unusual jurisdictional issue. See " Same-sex marriage in Alberta " for further discussion of the issue. Following the election , which was won by a Conservative minority government under new Prime Minister Stephen Harper , the House of Commons defeated a motion to reopen the matter by a vote of to on December 7, , effectively reaffirming the legislation.
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