Fourth Canadian Province Legalizes Same-sex 'Marriage'

Manitoba becomes the fourth Canadian province to legalize same-sex 'marriage,' in a court decision announced on Sept. 15.
( [email protected] ) Sep 17, 2004 05:01 PM EDT

Manitoba legalized same-sex “marriage” yesterday, becoming the fourth of Canadian’s ten provinces to change the definition of marriage.

Justice Douglas Yard of the Court of Queen's Bench ruled that Manitoba's law violates Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms, according to Canadian Press.

In his decision, he wrote, “The traditional definition of marriage in Manitoba is reformulated to mean a voluntary union for life of two persons at the exclusion of all others.

Same-sex “marriage” is also legal in three other Canadian provinces British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec, and the Yukon territory.

Manitoba’s government has chosen not to file an appeal which will allow the province to begin marrying same-sex couples within days.

Manitoba Justice Minister Gord Mackintosh said his government chose not to fight the lawsuit because it wants the federal government to come up with a law that will apply to everyone.

The Canadian Supreme Court is expected to rule on a legislation, proposed by the Liberal Party government, which would legalize same-sex “marriage” across Canada on Oct. 6. According to the Baptist Press, pro-family leaders acknowledge that the same-sex "marriage" bill likely has enough votes to pass.