Thursday, December 09, 2004

Canadian court approves same-sex marriage

The "Christian Taliban" which has obtained increased clout in US policy won't be happy by this news. Will they go to war to prevent this sin?
Canadian court approves same-sex marriage

By Beth Duff-Brown

Dec. 9, 2004 | TORONTO (AP) -- Canada's highest court said Thursday the government can redefine marriage to include same-sex couples, but it added that religious officials cannot be forced to perform unions against their beliefs.

The ruling by the court in Ottawa brings to the final stages a long, bitter fight over whether gays and lesbians should be allowed to marry in Canada.

Judges in six provinces and one territory have already overturned the traditional definition, allowing thousands of same-sex weddings.

Canada would join Belgium and the Netherlands in allowing gay marriage if the government acts to make it legal nationwide. To pass in the House of Commons, the legislation needs the approval of about 44 of the 95 Liberal backbench members of Parliament to obtain a 155-vote majority.


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