Canada last night became the third country in the world to approve gay marriages when MPs passed a historic bill granting same-sex couples equal rights to those in traditional marriages. The bill was passed by the Canadian House of Commons despite strong opposition from religious leaders and conservative MPs. Gay marriage is already legal in seven provinces in Canada, but the new legislation grants same-sex couples the same legal rights as heterosexual couples nationwide. The Netherlands and Belgium are the only other countries to allow gay marriages. The bill - drafted by the minority Liberal party government of the Canadian prime minister, Paul Martin - has been hailed as a step forward for human rights. A right is a right, and that is what this vote tonight is all about.
How Canada led the way on same-sex marriage
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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT rights in Canada are some of the most advanced in the Americas and in the world. Same-sex sexual activity has been lawful in Canada since June 27, , when the Criminal Law Amendment Act also known as Bill C came into force upon royal assent. Canada is considered the most gay-friendly country in the world, being ranked first in the Gay Travel Index chart since , and among the five safest in Forbes magazine since Transgender people and cross-dressing practices have been recorded and documented in Canada for centuries.
This copy is for your personal non-commercial use only. When the House of Commons passed the Civil Marriage Act 10 years ago this week, Canada was only the fourth country in the world — and the first outside Europe — to legalize same-sex marriage. As Minister of Justice in , I was proud to introduce the Civil Marriage Act, legislation anchored in two fundamental Charter principles: the right of every Canadian to equality without discrimination, and the right to religious freedom.
Same-sex marriage in Canada was progressively introduced in several provinces by court decisions beginning in before being legally recognized nationwide with the enactment of the Civil Marriage Act on July 20, On June 10, , the Court of Appeal for Ontario issued a decision immediately legalizing same-sex marriage in Ontario, thereby becoming the first province where it was legal. The introduction of a federal gender-neutral marriage definition made Canada the fourth country in the world, and the first country outside Europe , to legally recognize same-sex marriage throughout its borders. More than 3, same-sex couples had already married in those areas before the Civil Marriage Act was passed. It was passed by the House of Commons on June 28, , by the Senate on July 19, , and it received royal assent the following day.