Same-sex marriage in British Columbia became legal on July 8, , after a series of court rulings which ultimately landed in favour of same-sex couples seeking marriage licenses. This made British Columbia the second province in Canada , as well as the second jurisdiction in North America and the fourth worldwide , to legalize same-sex marriage , behind Ontario. It allows same-sex couples to adopt children jointly. British Columbia therefore became the first province in Canada to allow same-sex couples to adopt. On May 1, , justices of the British Columbia Court of Appeal ruled 3—0 that denial of marriage licences to same-sex couples was a violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Civil marriage should adapt to contemporary notions of marriage as an institution in a society which recognizes the rights of homosexual persons to non-discriminatory treatment.
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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.
Recommended books. Same-sex marriage. Section 91 of the British North America Act -- Canada's founding document -- says that the definition of marriage and the privileges, restrictions, and rights associated with marriage are a federal responsibility. Section 92 says that the actual " solemnization of marriage " is the responsibility of the individual province. Thus, the federal government defines who can get married.