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Canada to fill ‘gap’ on gay marriage

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  1. Jock S. Trap 16 Jan 2012, 2:57pm

    Good ol Canada, reassures us that it, as usual, is far more progressive than most countries.

    1. jamestoronto 16 Jan 2012, 4:24pm

      I suspect this rush to fill the alleged “legislative gap” is simply the Tories’ way of trying to win over some of the gay vote in Canada. By amending the Civil Marriages Act so as to “enhance” it, the Conservatives get to boast that they had a part in drafting a piece of the law.

      1. Jock S. Trap 16 Jan 2012, 4:26pm

        Still a good thing surely?

  2. jamestoronto 16 Jan 2012, 3:56pm

    Ditto. Saw the news item on an American site last week (LGBTQ Nation) and was curious as to why it hadn’t been picked up. A truly sad event indeed.

  3. I’ve filled a few gap in my time but don’t expect my permanent relationship to be ‘gap filler’.
    How about getting it right the first time!

  4. If we as Canadians have marriage equality, “how come” there is a gap in the law? Straight couples have been marrying and divorcing and it never happened to them, or came to attention before? Would it not be natural to think all marriage or divorce is equal and the same law applies. Will we now learn that divorces granted to straight couples are void?

    1. jamestoronto 16 Jan 2012, 5:39pm

      The so-called “gap” is only a hypothetical one advanced by one lawyer. It has never been tested in the courts or brought before the Commons until now. If there were a real problem, it would have emerged much sooner than now. Remember that the proposed legislation was submitted to the Supreme Court in advance of its tabling in the House of Commons and was found to be legally sound even before it was passed.

      1. @ Jamestoronto My comment was also hypothetical, This lawyer has stirred up a hornets nest that either points out the absurd notion of marriages not being legal which has been refuted by the Harper government in the recent days. Or, the residency issue being raised as the basis of his explanation to complicate divorce would have to differ greatly between the 2005 civil marriages act vs straight marriage where divorce has not been an issue.

        The events of the last week have stirred up great emotion, debate and suspicion about any possible Harper governments agenda to redress this issue in a different disguise.

        The Canadian GLBT community will never relax or feel complacent given Harper and his 2006 attempt to redefine the traditional marriage act. Many will never forget, others need to be reminded! and most will never trust his motives whilst he is political office.

  5. Why can’t we all have Justice Ministers like the ones in Canada who help make it possible for gay people who love each other and who do get married to be secure in that bond. Does the hate and discrimination blind Right Wing Christians people so much that they can not see the harm they are doing to not only them but their children? Or are they really so evil that they act possessed by Satan who everybody knows only wants to destroy and kill all life.

  6. You can light a candle if you wish for Eric James Borges?

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