Most people know that same-sex marriage became legal in Canada in with the enactment of the Civil Marriage Act. However, almost two years earlier, the Court of Appeal in Ontario issued a decision that legalized same-sex marriage, making it the first province where it was legal. This was a big moment in Canadian history, and said a lot about Canada on the global stage, as Canada was only the fourth country in the world to legally recognize same-sex marriage. So, what did legalizing same-sex marriage in Canada do? And why is the legalization still relevant to discuss more than 10 years after the fact?
An Act respecting certain aspects of legal capacity for marriage for civil purposes. WHEREAS the Parliament of Canada is committed to upholding the Constitution of Canada, and section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees that every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination;. WHEREAS the courts in a majority of the provinces and in one territory have recognized that the right to equality without discrimination requires that couples of the same sex and couples of the opposite sex have equal access to marriage for civil purposes;. WHEREAS only equal access to marriage for civil purposes would respect the right of couples of the same sex to equality without discrimination, and civil union, as an institution other than marriage, would not offer them that equal access and would violate their human dignity, in breach of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms ;. WHEREAS the Supreme Court of Canada has determined that the Parliament of Canada has legislative jurisdiction over marriage but does not have the jurisdiction to establish an institution other than marriage for couples of the same sex;.
Same-sex marriage in Ontario has been legal since June 10, Brent Hawkes on January 14, Ontario became the third jurisdiction in the world after the Netherlands and Belgium as well as the first jurisdiction in the Americas to legalize same-sex marriage. The officiant was Rev.
The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. After 14 years, we have chipped a few of the dishes we received as wedding presents. Like other anniversaries, this one prompts celebration of the past and reflection on future challenges and work.