HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (BP)–Nova Scotia became the sixth Canadian province or territory to legalize same-sex “marriage” Sept. 24 when the provincial Supreme Court ruled that such relationships cannot be banned.
The ruling is the latest victory for homosexual activists in Canada. Manitoba legalized same-sex “marriage” Sept. 16, while the Yukon territory did the same July 14. British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec legalized homosexual “marriage” last year.
Half of Canada’s 10 provinces now allow same-sex “marriage” — all stemming from rulings by various courts. Saskatchewan could be next; a court there is expected to issue a ruling soon, the Associated Press reported.
“This is a great day for Nova Scotia,” Bob Fougere, coordinator of the Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project, said, according to CTV News. “Slowly but surely, the civil institution of marriage is being opened to same-sex couples, no matter what province they are living in.”
The legal challenge to Nova Scotia’s law was brought by two homosexual couples and one lesbian couple.
The Liberal government, led by Prime Minister Paul Martin, is expected to move to legalize same-sex “marriage” nationwide later this year or early next year. The government is awaiting a non-binding opinion from the Canadian Supreme Court, which is reviewing draft legislation legalizing same-sex “marriage.”
Neither the province nor the federal government fought the Nova Scotia lawsuit in court.
In America, pro-family leaders fear that actions in Canada will expedite the push to legalize same-sex “marriage.” Although polls show Americans oppose same-sex “marriage” by 2to-1 margins , polls in Canada show that citizens there are more evenly split.
Already, lawsuits have been filed by homosexual couples who received marriage licenses in Canada and are now suing for their recognition in the States.
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