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same-sex marriage in canada was progressively introduced in several provinces by court decisions beginning in 2003 before being legally recognized nationwide with the enactment of the civil marriage act on july 20, 2005. On june 10, 2003, the court of appeal for ontario issued a decision immediately legalizing same-sex marriage in ontario, thereby becoming the first province where it was legal. canada legalizes gay marriage july 20, 2005 632 pm ap canada legalized gay marriage wednesday, becoming the worlds fourth nation to grant full legal rights to same-sex couples. Same-sex marriage became legal in ontario in 2003, and was already legalized in eight of ten provinces and one of three territories when, on july 20, 2005, canada became the first country outside europe and the fourth country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide after the enactment of the civil marriage act. canada has and continues to be a global leader when it comes to gay rights it was the fourth country in the world to legalize gay marriage. However, it took many years, several debates and a big push from the public before bill c-38, the civil marriage act, was introduced in 2005. In 2001, statistics canada began collecting information about same-sex partnerships. 5 per cent of all canadian couples reported living in same-sex unions. After same-sex marriage became available on , the 2006 census was the first to collect data on legally married same-sex couples. The supreme court of canada rules that the federal government can change the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples, but does not answer whether such a change is required by the charter. Up until 2015, not every state in the us recognized same-sex marriages. And depending on which county clerk you happened upon, your marriage might face roadblocks. Although canadas same-sex marriage law faced opposition, it was eventually passed and same-sex couples from across canada have been able to marry without issues since 2005. they have everything - except registered marriage licences making their gay unions legal. In august, 1999, kevin bourassa, 42, exchanged vows with joe varnell, 31, just as elaine vautour, 43, did with anne vautour, 38, a year later (anne had legally changed her last name before the ceremony).