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Is it legal to marry someone of the same sex?


In 2005, the government made same-sex marriage legal in every province and territory in Canada. In doing so, Canada became the fourth country in the world to legalize same sex marriage and the first country outside of Europe.

Legal Authorities

  • Civil Marriage Act, SC 2005, c 33, Preamble. Same sex couples have equal access to marriage.
  • Reference Re Same Sex Marriage, 2004 SCC 79, [2004] 3 SCR 698 (CanLII).
    • Reference questions to SCC regarding the constitutionality of same sex marriage.


Reviewed 07/16