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Ontario Court Must Recognize Gay Marriages

Ontario Court Must Recognize Gay Marriages

In a Canadian first, a three-judge panel has ruled that the Ontario government must register gay and lesbian marriages. Prohibiting gay couples from marrying is unconstitutional and violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Ontario Superior Court panel ruled in an unanimous decision. “We’re no longer second-class citizens in this country and the time […]

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Marc Hall Ready for the Prom

Marc Hall Ready for the Prom

Marc Hall's court date has finally led to a prom date. A judge ruled Friday that the gay teen could take his 21-year-old boyfriend to the annual Monsignor John Pereyma Catholic High School rite of passage, despite objections from the Durham Catholic School Board. The Board had forbidden the 17-year-old from attending the party on […]

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Quebec Provides Equality to Same-Sex Couples

Quebec Provides Equality to Same-Sex Couples

On June 7, 2002, L’assemble Nationale du Quebec passed their civil union bill (Bill 84) unanimously. The bill, the most far reaching piece of registered domestic partnership legislation in Canada, provides same-sex couples with the same rights and obligations as opposite sex married couples, including parental rights in relation to children being raised in the […]

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Quebec Introduces Civil Union Bill

Quebec Introduces Civil Union Bill

The Québèc government has introduced legislation to create partnership unions, and to allow gay and lesbian couples to adopt. The bill was unveiled today in the National Assembly by Québèc Justice Minister Paul Bégin. Bégin said the Parti Québeçois would press to have the bill passed before the summer recess in June. The legislation provides […]

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Equality & Marriage in Canada

Equality & Marriage in Canada

In Canada, the opposite sex definition of marriage is found at common law (also sometimes referred to as judge made law). This definition, has only had a marginal expression in the statutes of Bill C-23 and statute 365 of the Quebec Civil Code. What follows is a cataloguing of the steps towards recognizing same-sex relationships […]

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CHRC Calls on Government to End Marriage Discrimination

CHRC Calls on Government to End Marriage Discrimination

Canadian Human Rights Commission calls on Government to End Marriage Discrimination The CHRC became the latest agency to endorse marriage for same-sex couples. The Commission was established to make the 1977 Canadian Human Rights Act “work for the benefit of all Canadians”. In its year-end report, released March 21, 2002, the CHRC said much progress […]

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Canadian Milestones in Marriage

Canadian Milestones in Marriage

Timeline Prior to 1847 – only Church of England marriages were legal in Ontario 1847 – Catholic marriages became legal in Ontario 1857 – Jewish marriages become legal in Ontario 1925 – removal of double standard whereby a husband could sue his wife for divorce on the grounds of adultery alone, but a wife was […]

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Keeping Your Legal Affairs in Order

Keeping Your Legal Affairs in Order

Having your legal affairs in order is important regardless of the state of your health. For your own peace of mind, do it now. Think about what you need – a will, a living will, a health care directive, power of attorney, or nomination of committee. Do you understand the uses of each of these […]

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Transgendered People – Health of Human Rights in Canada

Transgendered People – Health of Human Rights in Canada

The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal handed down an important decision in August 2001 that helps to clarify the rights of transsexuals. The complainant, Synthia Kavanagh, an inmate in a federal men's prison, alleged that the Correctional Service of Canada had discriminated against her on the basis of sex and disability by not accommodating her needs. […]

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Sexual Orientation – Health of Human Rights in Canada

Sexual Orientation – Health of Human Rights in Canada

Recognition of the human rights of gays and lesbians has made remarkable progress in the last decade. Ten years ago most human rights laws, including the CHRA, did not prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Pension and health benefits for same-sex partners were almost unheard of. Federal and provincial laws denied same-sex partners […]

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