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Old 06-16-2005, 03:36 PM
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gay trivia/news 6/16 Canada military hosts first gay wedding

Canada military hosts first gay wedding

Two members of Canada's military have tied the knot in the country's first gay marriage to be recognized by the armed forces.

The two unnamed men were married at an airbase in Nova Scotia last month.

Same-sex marriages are currently legal in the majority of Canada's provinces, with the country's government keen to offer marriage across the country in the coming months.

The issue is currently being debated in Parliament, where it has faced stiff opposition from conservative legislators and religious leaders.

The military, however, introduced guidelines in 2003 to allow lesbian and gay members to marry, the Canadian Press (CP) reports. The instructions ensure same-sex couples are treated as equally as their heterosexual counterparts and offered the same marriage rights available.

CP reports the men were a sergeant and a warrant officer and that the marriage was presided over by a United Church minister.
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