Both men played an integral part in the court instance.
June 11, 2003
Ontario Attorney General Norm Sterling announces that the province will obey regulations and register marriages that are same-sex. Almost two dozen couples that are homosexual for marriage licences in Ontario on June 10.
June 17, 2003
Prime Minister Jean Chretien announces legislation to create same-sex marriages appropriate, while at exactly the same time allowing churches along with other spiritual teams to “sanctify wedding while they view it.” it indicates Ottawa will likely not impress two court that is provincial permitting same-sex unions. “there was a development in culture,” Chretien stated.
July 8, 2003
British Columbia becomes the 2nd province to legalize same-sex marriages. The British Columbia Court of Appeal lifts its ban on same-sex marriages, providing partners when you look at the province the proper to marry straight away. Your decision alters a ruling that could are making marriages that are same-sex, yet not until July 2004. The court had currently agreed that the definition of wedding must be the union of “two people” as opposed to of “one guy and something girl.” Ontario had been the very first province to recognize same-sex marriages as appropriate.
July 17, 2003
Ottawa reveals the precise wording of legislation that will enable homosexual partners to marry. Continue reading Hours following the ruling, Michael Leshner and Michael Stark are hitched in a ceremony in Toronto