Court: Civil Marriage Commissioners Must Marry Homosexuals

10 Jan 2011 Court: Civil Marriage Commissioners Must Marry Homosexuals

ARPA Note: Read EFC’s quality commentary on this decision here, which notes that the court “stated that government practices and policies could be put in place that would ensure that both the constitutional rights of marriage commissioners and the legal rights of couples to access marriage services would be respected.”

Toronto Sun, Jan 10, 2011: A Saskatchewan court has determined that, regardless of personal religious beliefs, civil commissioners in the province must marry gay couples when asked to do so. Following proposed legislation that would allow provincial officials the right to refuse to perform marriages that conflict with their religious beliefs, the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal was asked to rule on whether the very idea of such amendments would be constitutional. Read more

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