Still, some family situations remain vulnerable, threatened rather than stabilized and supported by law. The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. Inthe House of Commons overwhelmingly passed a resolution to re-affirm the definition of marriage as "the union of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others". Before introducing it into Parliament, the Federal Cabinet submitted the bill as a reference to the Supreme Court Reference Re Same-Sex Marriageasking the court to rule on whether limiting marriage to heterosexual couples was consistent with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and if same-sex civil unions are an acceptable alternative. Although same-sex couples began being granted domestic partnerships similar to that of married opposite-sex couples, same-sex marriage was already legalized in eight of ten provinces and one of three territories beginning in Same-sex marriage was originally recognized by law as a result of cases in which courts in eight out of ten of Canada's provinces, and in one of its three territories, ruled existing bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. Views Read Edit View history.
Homosexuality had been decriminalized, and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation had been prohibited in areas such as immigration, employment, military service, pensions, and income tax.
Retrieved August 10, More than 30 Members of Parliament did not attend the vote, the majority being Liberals who had voted for the traditional definition of marriage in The provinces have no constitutional jurisdiction over the definition of marriage and must abide by the decision of the federal government.