Gay marriage becomes official in Canada

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OTTAWA (AFP) - Gay marriage became officially legal in Canada when Governor General Adrienne Clarkson signed the legislation.

The approval by British Queen Elizabeth II's representative was the last step, coming a day after the Canadian Senate approved the legislation.

Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin's minority Liberal government passed the contentious bill in June, making this country only the fourth nation in the world to legalize same-sex marriages after the Netherlands, Belgium and Spain.

Members of the House of Commons voted 158 to 133 in favour of the legislation in an overtime session of Parliament one year after Martin won his first mandate to lead Canada in the last general election.

After the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in December that proposed changes to the marriage laws from "a man and a woman" to "two people" would not contravene the constitution, nor force clergy to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies against their beliefs, Martin pressed forward against stiff opposition led by the Catholic Church, saying he could no longer support a law that created "two classes of citizens."

However, nine of the 13 provinces and territories had already recognized gay nuptials by then, following a series of lower court challenges on the basis that denying gay couples the right to marry was discriminatory.

Canada's move is expected to swell the large numbers of lesbian and gay couples who head north to get married, as same-sex unions are already permitted by most Canadian provinces and outlawed in most US states.
 

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That's great news...this was one of the reasons I voted for this government
 

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Vatican Paper Condemns Canada Gay Marriage

VATICAN CITY - The Vatican newspaper on Thursday attacked Canada's legalization of gay marriage, calling it a distortion of God's plan for the family.

Canada became the fourth nation to grant full legal rights to same-sex couples when the Supreme Court's chief justice signed legislation Wednesday.

"The distortion of God's plan for the family continues," said L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican daily. "In Canada, homosexual unions have become equal to marriage."

The Roman Catholic Church in Canada, in line with the Vatican's worldwide policy, vigorously opposed the legislation. The Netherlands, Belgium and Spain also allow gay marriage nationwide.
 

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Yeah it was mentioned in the homily at yesterday's mass...religion will always be a harder barrier to break than the political one but the political one matters more

Wow Spain and Belgium I did not know that...
 

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Canada is becoming a leader in liberal minded nations....
 

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so all you ppl who want that special same-sex someone, come up here & tie those knots!
 

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That's gonna probably end up happening Vinss...it happened in Ontario when Ontario began recognizing same-sex marriages a couple years back
 
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