rdi (rdi) wrote in samesexmarriage,

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Supreme Court of Canada Rules on Same-Sex Marriage Questions

The Supreme Court of Canada issued their ruling on the same-sex marriage questions submitted by the government earlier this year. Its findings are:

- the Federal government has exclusive authority to define marriage. This basically means Alberta has to suck it up :-)
- The Charter of Rights protects the right of clergy to not perform same-sex marriages if their beliefs tell them not to
- the proposed legislation is constitutional

On the fourth question, whether the traditional "one man, one woman" definition is constitutional, the court said that wasn't a question a they should be answering. Basically they didn't want to pass a constitutional judgement on the status quo.

This gives the government the green light to introduce the proposed legislation, and they've indicated that they may do so as soon as January.
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