In Canada, same-sex sexual activities between consenting adults were considered crimes punishable by imprisonment before That year, the Canadian government passed an omnibus bill decriminalizing private sexual acts between two people over the age of 21 — a breakthrough in treating gay men, lesbians and bisexuals equally under the law. Almost ten years later, in , Quebec became the first jurisdiction in Canada to amend its provincial charter of human rights to include sexual orientation as a prohibited ground for discrimination. In , the Canadian Human Rights Act was amended to specifically include sexual orientation as one of the prohibited grounds of discrimination.
Canada approves gay marriage
Reference re Same-Sex Marriage - SCC Cases (Lexum)
Nominations for the RationalMedia Foundation board of trustees election close on Sunday. Canada , also known as the Great White North or Soviet Canuckistan , [note 1] is the second largest country in the world by total area after Russia [note 2] and fourth by land area, eh. It is a crowned republic located directly north of the contiguous United States. Americans and Canadians generally have no grudges against each other. But minor disputes do come up from time to time, as is expected in any relationship.
Social Issues in Canada
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 Netherlands and Belgium are the only other countries to allow gay marriages.
A growing number of governments around the world are considering whether to grant legal recognition to same-sex marriages. So far, more than two dozen countries have enacted national laws allowing gays and lesbians to marry, mostly in Europe and the Americas. In Mexico, some jurisdictions allow same-sex couples to wed, while others do not. Below is a list of countries that have legalized the practice, with the most recent countries to do so shown first. The decision, which went into effect immediately, makes the Andean mountain nation the fifth country in Latin America to allow gays and lesbians to wed.