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July 09, 2003

Gay marriages in British Columbia

The British Columbia Court of Appeal lifted a ban on gay marriages. The Court had imposed the ban following an earlier ruling finding BC marriage laws to be unconstitutional in order to allow time for the provincial government to amend legislation. That time was rendered moot following a decision by the Ontario Court of Appeal to allow same-sex marriages to proceed at once.

"It is [apparent] that any further delay in implementing the remedies will result in an unequal application of the law as between Ontario and British Columbia, with same-sex couples being denied the right to marry in B.C. until July 12, 2004, while same-sex couples in Ontario may marry as and when they choose to do so," said Tuesday's judgment.

"In these circumstances, the Court is satisfied that it is appropriate to amend the order in these appeals to lift the suspension of remedies, with the result that the declaratory relief and the reformulation of the common law definition of marriage as 'the lawful union of two persons to the exclusion of all others' will take immediate effect."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 9, 2003 07:56 AM