Read our community guidelines here. On January 14,Reverend Brent Hawkes forced the issue by performing two same-sex marriages, taking advantage of the fact that Ontario law authorizes him to perform marriages without a previous license, via the issuance of banns of marriage.
On June 10,the Ontario Court of Appeal unanimously affirmed that the prohibition on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
The position was strengthened by the Attorney General's refusal to appeal those rulings. In SeptemberJudge Lemelin ruled the opposite-sex definition of marriage to be an unconstitutional violation of equality rights, and gave Parliament two years to fix the law.
It provides equal division of property and spousal support if the relationship dissolves and full spousal benefits and pensions to same-sex partners. Archived from the original on November 8, The case was to be heard on May 27 but ended when the federal government legalized same-sex marriage.
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In , a poll by Forum Research showed that This material has been extracted, and adapted, from much longer articles previously prepared and updated by John Fisher, who was Executive Director of Egale Canada until early Limited to residency rights for foreign spouses of EU citizens.
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