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House Government Bill
38th Parliament, 1st Session
October 4, 2004 - November 29, 2005
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An Act respecting certain aspects of legal capacity for marriage for civil purposes
Short Title
Civil Marriage Act
Statute of Canada
2005, c. 33
Last Stage Completed
Royal Assent (2005-07-20)
Progress: Royal Assent
Further Reading
Reading List
  • A country evenly divided on gay marriage. Parkin, Andrew. Policy options, 24:39-41, Oct. 2003
  • Bringing international human rights law home: an evaluation of Canada's family law treatment of polygamy. Kelly, Lisa M. University of Toronto Faculty of Law review, 65:1-38, Winter 2007
  • Coming out to Canada: the immigration of same-sex couples under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. LaViolette, Nicole. McGill law journal, 49:969-1003, Oct. 2004
  • Defining marriage, step one: EGALE v. Canada. Lloyd, Julie C.. Alberta law review, 39:963-76, Apr. 2002
  • Equality rights versus the right to marriage - toward the path of canadian compromise. Julius Grey. Policy options, 24:30-3, Oct. 2003
  • Five years after same-sex marriage bill, political effects still rippling. Korski, Tom. Hill Times, no. 1050:11, Aug. 9, 2010
  • From equality rights to same-sex marriage - Parliament and the courts in the age of the Charter. Hiebert, Janet L.. Policy options, 24:10-16, Oct. 2003
  • In search of more perfect heteroarchy: Vermont, civil unions and the harm of 'Separate-but-Equal'. Thomas, Susan L. Journal of homosexuality, 50:27-51, no. 1 2005
  • Incorporating common law into the Constitution of Canada: EGALE v. Canada and the status of marriage. Walters, Mark D. Osgoode Hall law journal, 41-75-113, Spring 2003
  • Judicial analysis frozen in time: EGALE Canada Inc. v. Canada (Attorney General). Pickel, Jo-Anne. Saskatchewan law review, 65:243-68, no. 1 2002
  • La nature des fictions juridiques au sein du nouveau mode de filiation unisexuée au Québec; un retour aux sources?. Savard, Anne-Marie. Les cahiers de droit, 47:377-405, juin 2006
  • Le conflit des modèles sexuels contemporains. Anatrella, Tony. Revue d'éthique et de théologie morale, no 215:29-74, déc. 2000
  • Le mariage homosexuel à la lumière des dispositifs d'alliance et de sexualité. Charton, Laurence. Bulletin d'histoire politique, 115:55-62, automne 2005
  • Marrying citizens! Raced subjects? Re-thinking the terrain of equal marriage discourse. Lenon, Suzanne J. Canadian journal of women and the law, 17:405-21, no. 2 2005
  • Moving toward same-sex marriage. Casswell, Donald G. Canadian bar review, 80:810-56, Oct. 2001
  • Partenariat civil et couples de même sexe : la réponse du Québec. Roy, Alain. Revue juridique Thémis, 35:663-96, no 3 2001
  • Personal ideologies undermine the Charter. Leishman, Rory. Catholic insight, 12:10, Nov. 2004
  • Pluralisme conjugal ou hiérarchie des sexualités : la reconnaissance juridique des couples homosexuels dans L'Union européenne. Borrillo, Daniel. Revue de droit de McGill, 46:875-922, août 2001
  • Polyamory, social conservatism and the same-sex marriage debate in the US. Ashbee, Edward. Politics, 27:101-7, June 2007
  • Recognizing same-sex relationships: the evolution of recent federal and provincial policies. Smith, Miriam. Canadian public administration, 45:1-23, Spring 2002
  • Refusing to officiate at same-sex civil marriages. MacDougall, Bruce. Saskatchewan law review, 69:351-73, no. 2 2006
  • Same-sex marriage and the notwithstanding clause. Manfredi, Christopher P.. Policy options, 24:21-4, Oct. 2003
  • Same-sex relationships across borders. Bailey, Martha. McGill law journal, 49:1005-1033, Oct. 2004
  • Same-sex sexualities and the globalization of human rights discourse. Stychin, Carl F. McGill law journal, 49:951-68, Oct. 2004
  • Same-sex unions: the globalization of an idea. Kollman, Kelly. International studies quarterly, 51:329-57, June 2007
  • Sexe, mariage et indifférence : le coup de grâce à la paternité. Tahon, Maric-Blanche. Argument : politique, société et histoire, 6:3-9, automne 2003-hiver 2004
  • Sexual orientation and gender identity in North America: legal trends, legal contrasts. Elliott, R. Douglas and Mary Bonauto. Journal of homosexuality, 48:91-106, nos. 3/4 2005
  • Sexual orientation and the Charter: the achievement of formal legal equality (1985-2005) and its limits. Wintemute, Robert. McGill law journal, 49:1143-1180, Oct. 2004
  • Speak now or forever hold your peace? Why we need queer critiques of gay marriage.. Thompson, Susan. Canadian dimension, 38:17-18, 46, Nov./Dec. 2003
  • The essence of marriage : the very idea; reflection on H. Cyr. Gray, Christopher B. Revue générale de droit, 34:493-510, no 3 2004
  • The German Federal Constitutional Court on same-sex life partnerships and same-sex marriage: comparing apples with oranges. Ullrich, Dierk. Canadian journal of family law, 20:179-96, no. 1 2003
  • The political foundation of support for same-sex marriage in Canada. Matthews, J. Scott. Canadian journal of political science, 38:841-66, Dec. 2005
  • The politics of same-sex marriage in Canada and the United States. Smith, Miriam. PS, 38:225-8, Apr. 2005
  • Vers une redéfinition du mariage?. Laurin, Nicole. Relations, no 688:5-7, nov. 2003
  • Waiting in a new line at city hall: registered partnerships as an option for relationship recognition reform in Canada. LaViolette, Nicole. Canadian journal of family law, 19:115-72, no. 1 2002
  • What the framers of the Charter intended. Fraser, Graham. Policy options, 24:17-20, Oct. 2003
Party Press Releases
Related Links
  • Mariage gai: Un pas vers la légalisation, Cyberpresse (In French Only)
  • Reference re Same-Sex Marriage, Supreme Court of Canada (December 9, 2004)
  • Same-Sex Marriage : Quick Guide, Centre for Research and Information on Canada (CRIC)
  • Same-sex marriage, Wikipedia
  • Sexual Orientation and Legal Rights, Library of Parliament
  • The Proportion of “Traditional” Families Continues to Decline (Census 2001), Statistics Canada
  • The Supreme Court and Same-Sex Marriage, CBC News
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