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Canada to Allow Same-Sex Marriage

Wednesday, 18 June 2003 12:00 AM

The cabinet approved a new national policy Tuesday. Once aides to Prime Minister Jean Chretien draft the necessary legislation, the House of Commons is expected to pass it into law in the next few months.

Although leaders of the two conservative parties and some Liberals have expressed reservations, there is little organized opposition to such legislation. Public opinion polls show a majority in favor of the change.

The policy opens the way for homosexuals from the United States and around the world to travel to Canada to marry, because Canada has no marriage residency requirements.

Recent court rulings have declared Canada's definition of marriage as unconstitutional because it specified it as the union of a man and a woman.

Chretien will ask the Supreme Court for advice to make the new legislation invulnerable to appeals by provincial governments seeking to invalidate it in their jurisdictions.

The Netherlands and Belgium already permit same-sex marriages.

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