When the U. Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal nationwide on Friday, cheers went up from people everywhere who believe wedding the person you love, regardless of gender, should be a basic civil right. One who likely won't be high-fiving is Stephen Harper, the Conservative Prime Minister of Canada where gay marriage has been legal since
When the two constables become the first male Mounties to marry each other, the grumpiest witness-from-afar might well be Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The planned union of Jason Tree and David Connors in Nova Scotia on June 30 has cast a spotlight on Harper's pledge to his conservative backers to try to roll back same-sex marriage laws. Harper has not spoken publicly about the Tree-Connors wedding and has ordered his party members to shut up about the matter, an attempt to silence lawmakers that has served to draw more attention to the issue while sparking complaints about the prime minister's heavy-handedness.
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Same-sex couples in the Metro Vancouver region will be able to get married in the Anglican church starting Thursday, after Bishop Melissa Skelton's approval. The Anglican bishop for the Metro Vancouver region has approved same-sex marriages in her diocese, beginning Thursday. Bishop Melissa Skelton made the decision despite delegates of the national Anglican Church narrowly defeating the proposal during a July 12 vote at their general synod in Vancouver.
A push to have the Anglican Church of Canada sanction same-sex marriage finished two votes shy of success. The council's general synod — its governing body — met in Vancouver this weekend. Among the items on the agenda for Friday night was a vote on whether the church should amend its marriage rules to permit same-sex unions.
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 inI 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.
SOFIA, Bulgaria — A court in Bulgaria has ruled in favour of a same-sex couple who married in France, in a case that recognized gay marriage for the first time in the conservative country. Australian citizen Kristina Palma, who married Mariama Dialo of France inwas initially permitted to live, work and travel in Bulgaria and the European Union on the grounds that she married an EU citizen. But Bulgaria later denied her those rights, arguing that same-sex marriage was not legal in the country.
This copy is for your personal non-commercial use only. Some in the Anglican Church of Canada say the current system to alter doctrine and policy — which requires a two-thirds majority from three groups of delegates — unfairly gives the most voting power to a small group of bishops. Cynthia Haines Turner and her deputy, Rev.
The Anglican Church of Canada narrowly voted down a proposal to bless same-sex marriage across the denomination, with its newly elected leader acknowledging the disappointment the decision would bring for many. Branches of the church in each province will still be able to make up their own minds on same-sex unions, but the motion that failed would have allowed for a definite church-wide acceptance of such marriages. Linda Nicholls, the first woman chosen to lead the church, wrote in a Facebook post.
The court Thursday overturned an earlier judgment, saying unanimously that denying same-sex couples access to spousal benefits is unlawful. Although same-sex marriage is not recognized in Hong Kong, the Court of Final Appeal ruled last year that the same-sex partner of a British expatriate was entitled to equal visa treatment under immigration law. We've sent an email with instructions to create a new password. Your existing password has not been changed.