Canadian prime minister: No revisiting marriage


Prime Minister Stephen Harper says his administration will not reopen or revisit the issue of marriage equality in Canada.

Harper made his statement on Jan. 12, as news circulated that a divorce case involving two women raises questions about the legality of marriages performed in Canada and involving foreign couples.

Harper, on Jan. 12, said, “We have no intention of further opening or reopening this issue.”

He was responding to a report by The Globe and Mail that the Conservative government was contending in a Toronto court case that non-Canadian gays and lesbians wed since 2004 are only considered married under Canadian law if the same-sex marriage is recognized in their home country or state.

Harper said he was not aware of the details of the case in which a lesbian couple is seeking a divorce. The two women married in Toronto in 2005.

A Canada Department of Justice lawyer, according to the G&M, argued that marriage was not legal in Canada because same-sex marriage is not legal in Florida or England, where the women live.

More than 15,000 same-sex marriages have taken place since 2004, and more than 5,000 involve couples from outside Canada.