However, this decision stopped short of giving them the right to full legal marriage. The judge said that his decision had been influenced by the previous decisions in B. In Octoberthe Legislative Assembly of Ontario enacted a bill providing same-sex couples with the same statutory rights and responsibilities as applied to opposite-sex common-law spouses under 67 provincial laws as required by the Supreme Court of Canada 's ruling in M v H. Inthe couples in Halpern appealed the decision, requesting that the decision take effect immediately instead of after a delay. In earlythe issue once again resurfaced, and the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights proceeded to undertake a formal study of same-sex marriage, including a cross-country series of public hearings. Nova Scotia 's domestic partnerships offer similar benefits.
Same-sex marriage in Quebec.
Same-sex marriage in Ontario
Debate was launched on July 4, and a Liberal closure motion limited debate on the bill to only four hours. The introduction of a federal gender-neutral marriage definition made Canada the fourth country in the world, and the first country outside Europeto legally recognize same-sex marriage throughout its borders. Canada; Netherlands; Spain; Belgium: Court of Appeal on July 8, Archived from the original on December 23,
One of the couples, Chris Vogel and Richard North, had legally sought the right to marry, in a high-profile case inbut had been denied. United Kingdom British Antarctic Territory. Two lesbian couples brought suit on November 4,to have Newfoundland and Labrador recognize same-sex marriage. One cabinet minister stated he just wanted the issue "to go away", while others including Chuck Strahl and Bill Casey were undecided, instead of directly opposed. The case was to be heard on May 27 but ended when the federal government legalized same-sex marriage. Justice Derek Green ordered the provincial government to begin issuing marriage licences to same-sex couples, an order with which the provincial government announced it would comply. Until the passage of Bill Cthe previous definition of marriage remained binding in the four jurisdictions two provinces, two territories where courts had not yet ruled it unconstitutional, but void in the nine jurisdictions eight provinces, one territory where it had been successfully challenged before the courts.