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July 14, 2003

Gay divorce in Canada

Provinicial Courts of Appeal in Ontario and British Columbia have made gay marriage a social fact. These are not the improvised civil unions of the Netherlands, Belgium or those proposed under forthcoming British legislation but marriages performed under the same Act which regulates unions between men and women. Financial and property issues for gay couples in the event of divorce, however, do not as yet reflect the same equality before the law.

American couples thinking of coming to Ontario should take another factor into consideration. They can marry as soon as they cross the border but divorce in Ontario requires one year's residence. This may be a moot point given an irony rendering gay marriage reactionary in comparison to its ostensibly more traditional counterpart... Ontario statutes which regulate divorce may still specify unions between women and men. If so, gay divorce is not yet legal.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 14, 2003 09:21 AM