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Same-sex marriages (SSM) in Canada


Province of Saskatchewan

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The Province of Saskatchewan in Canada is located to the west of Manitoba and Ontario, and to the north of the states of Montana and North Dakota in the U.S. 1Statistics Canada estimated that the 2003 population of the province was 994,800 persons. 2 During 2004-SEP, Saskatchewan became the seventh political jurisdiction in Canada in which a lawsuit was successfully initiated to expand marriage to include same-sex couples.

The lawsuit was successful, as all of the six previous ones have been. SSM was legalized by court order in the province as of 2004-NOV-05.

In 2005-JUL, a federal law was passed that made SSM available in every territory and province, except for Prince Edward Island (PEI). Faced with a lawsuit, PEI conformed with the law, making SSM available Canada-wide.

A marriage commissioner refused to marry a same-sex couple in 2005. He was convicted of violating the province's Human Rights Code, and fined.

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Topics covered in this section:

bullet Events leading to SSM in Saskatchewan

bullet The lawsuit that legalized SSM

bullet More reactions to the court ruling


Marriage commissioner refuses to marry couple

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References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. "Montana," World Atlas, at"
  2. "Population, provinces and territories," Statistics Canada, 2003 estimates. See:

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Copyright 2004 to 2011 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally written: 2004-OCT-11
Latest update: 2011-FEB-28
Author: B.A. Robinson

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