Nova Scotia Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage
The Supreme Court of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia legalized same-sex marriage Sept. 24—following in the footsteps of courts in British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and the Yukon Territory. Eighty-two percent of Canadians now live in jurisdictions where same-sex marriage is allowed.
As other judges did, Justice Heather Robertson declared the federal opposite-sex definition of marriage to be an unconstitutional violation of Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
She redefined marriage in Nova Scotia as 'the lawful union of two persons to the exclusion of all others.'
Spain Gay Marriage?
Spain's government will approve same-sex marriage legislation at an Oct. 1 cabinet meeting and send it to Parliament for a vote, local media reported Sept. 19.
A recent survey found that 70 percent of Spaniards support same-sex marriage.