Both men played a role that is key the court instance.
June 11, 2003
Ontario Attorney General Norm Sterling announces that the province will obey regulations and register marriages that are same-sex. Almost two dozen homosexual couples used for marriage licences in Ontario on June 10.
June 17, 2003
Prime Minister Jean Chretien announces legislation to create same-sex marriages appropriate, while in addition allowing churches along with other spiritual teams to “sanctify wedding while they notice it.” it indicates Ottawa will likely not impress two court that is provincial enabling same-sex unions. “there clearly was an development in culture,” Chretien stated.
July 8, 2003
British Columbia becomes the province that is second legalize same-sex marriages. The British Columbia Court of Appeal lifts its ban on same-sex marriages, offering partners when you look at the province the ability to marry straight away. Your decision alters a ruling that could are making marriages that are same-sex, although not until July 2004. The court had currently agreed that this is of wedding ought to be the union of “two individuals” in the place of of “one guy plus one girl.” Ontario had been the very first province to recognize same-sex marriages as appropriate.
July 17, 2003
Ottawa reveals the actual wording of legislation that could enable couples that are gay marry. The Act Respecting Certain facets of Legal Capacity for Marriage had been provided for the Supreme Court of Canada for review. Based on the draft bill, “marriage for civil purposes could be the union that is lawful of people to your exclusion of most other people. The Supreme Court will be asked whether or perhaps not Parliament gets the exclusive authority that is legal determine wedding; in the event that proposed work works with all the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and set up Constitution protects spiritual leaders whom will not sanctify same-sex marriages. Continue reading Hours following the ruling, Michael Leshner and Michael Stark are hitched in a ceremony in Toronto