Same-sex marriage in Canada was progressively introduced in several provinces by court decisions beginning in before being legally recognized nationwide with the enactment of the Civil Marriage Act on July 20, On June 10, , the Court of Appeal for Ontario issued a decision immediately legalizing same-sex marriage in Ontario, thereby becoming the first province where it was legal. The introduction of a federal gender-neutral marriage definition made Canada the fourth country in the world, and the first country outside Europe , to legally recognize same-sex marriage throughout its borders. More than 3, same-sex couples had already married in those areas before the Civil Marriage Act was passed. It was passed by the House of Commons on June 28, , by the Senate on July 19, , and it received royal assent the following day.
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Religious GOP activists say that gay marriage nationwide is not inevitable, despite a decision by the Supreme Court on Monday not to take up a series of federal court rulings on on the issue, effectively legalizing it in 11 states. And evangelical leaders, a powerful force in early presidential primaries in Iowa and South Carolina, say they will oppose any candidate who will not say unequivocally that marriage is only between a man and a woman. Those comments reflect the complicated dynamic Republican candidates will face when the presidential campaign starts in earnest after November. Support for gay marriage among Americans overall is on the rise. According to data from the Pew Research Center, 60 percent of Americans opposed same-sex unions in , but only 41 percent do now.
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Canada last night became the third country in the world to approve gay marriages when MPs passed a historic bill granting same-sex couples equal rights to those in traditional marriages. The bill was passed by the Canadian House of Commons despite strong opposition from religious leaders and conservative MPs. Gay marriage is already legal in seven provinces in Canada, but the new legislation grants same-sex couples the same legal rights as heterosexual couples nationwide.
The bill passed as expected, despite opposition from Conservatives and religious leaders. Although gay marriage is already legal in seven provinces, the bill now grants all same-sex couples in Canada the same legal rights as those in traditional union between a man and a woman. The Netherlands and Belgium are the only other nations that allow gay marriage nationwide. But enough allies rallied to support the bill that has been debated for months. A right is a right and that is what this vote tonight is all about.