The addition of a fourth question considerably delayed the opening of the court reference until well after the June general election, raising accusations of stalling. Before introducing it into Parliamentthe Federal Cabinet submitted the bill as a reference to the Supreme Court Reference Re Same-Sex Marriageasking the court to rule on whether limiting marriage to heterosexual couples was consistent with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and if same-sex civil unions are an acceptable alternative.
Local affiliate groups of the Humanist Association offer officiancy marriage commissioner services across Canada. One cabinet minister stated he just wanted the issue "to go away", while others including Chuck Strahl and Bill Casey were undecided, instead of directly opposed.
The parliamentary bill caused rifts in the House of Commons, especially among the governing Liberals. September 16, Instead, it would propose a draft Civil Marriage Act and refer it to the Supreme Court for an advisory opinion.
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It ordered same-sex marriages read into that act, permitting the plaintiffs, a lesbian couple, to divorce. The Alan Guttmacher Institute of sexually active men aged 20—39 found that 2. Since Septembermilitary chaplains have been allowed to bless same-sex unions and to perform these ceremonies on a military base.
Retrieved May 15, February 20, Jones; Daniel Cox Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. During the US presidential election campaign, market research firm Harris Interactive studied the prevalence of a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender identity employing three distinct methods.
Subjects were asked a number of questions, including questions relating to same-sex activity.