Same-sex Marriage in Canada

Same-sex Marriage In Canada

Performed in some jurisdictions

Mexico: Mexico City, ROO
United States: CT, DC, IA, MA, MD†, ME†, NH, NY, VT, WA†, Coquille, Suquamish

Recognized, not performed

Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten
Israel
Mexico: all states
United States: CA, RI

Civil unions and
registered partnerships

Andorra
Austria
Brazil
Colombia
Czech Republic
Ecuador
Finland
France
Germany
Greenland

Hungary
Ireland
Isle of Man
Jersey
Liechtenstein
Luxembourg
New Zealand
Slovenia
Switzerland
United Kingdom
Uruguay

Performed in some jurisdictions

Australia: ACT, NSW, QLD, TAS, VIC
Mexico: COA
United States: CA, CO, DE, HI, IL, NJ, NV, OR, RI, WI
Venezuela: Mérida

Unregistered cohabitation

Australia
Croatia

Israel

See also

Same-sex union legislation
Timeline of same-sex marriage
Recognition of same-sex unions in Europe
Recognition of same-sex unions in South America
Marriage privatization
Domestic partnership
Military policy
Listings by country

†Note: Law not yet in effect LGBT portal

On July 20, 2005, Canada became the fourth country in the world and the first country in the Americas to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide with the enactment of the Civil Marriage Act which provided a gender-neutral marriage definition. Court decisions, starting in 2003, each already legalized same-sex marriage in eight out of ten provinces and one of three territories, whose residents comprised about 90% of Canada's population. Before passage of the Act, more than 3,000 same-sex couples had already married in those areas. Most legal benefits commonly associated with marriage had been extended to cohabiting same-sex couples since 1999.

The Civil Marriage Act was introduced by Prime Minister Paul Martin's Liberal government in the Canadian House of Commons on February 1, 2005 as Bill C-38. It was passed by the House of Commons on June 28, 2005, by the Senate on July 19, 2005, and it received Royal Assent the following day. On December 7, 2006, the House of Commons effectively reaffirmed the legislation by a vote of 175 to 123, defeating a Conservative government motion to examine the matter again. This was the third vote supporting same-sex marriage taken by three Parliaments under three Prime Ministers in three different years.

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