Signing up enhances your TCE experience with the ability to save items to your personal reading list, and access the interactive map. In , Ontario and British Columbia became the first two provinces to legalize same-sex marriage. The federal Civil Marriage Act came into force on 25 July , making same-sex marriage legal across Canada. Canada became the fourth country to permit same-sex marriages, after the Netherlands , Belgium and Spain Since then, all provinces in Canada have recognized same-sex marriages.
Civil Marriage Act
Civil Marriage Act
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT rights in Canada are some of the most advanced in the Americas and in the world. Same-sex sexual activity has been lawful in Canada since June 27, , when the Criminal Law Amendment Act also known as Bill C came into force upon royal assent. Canada is considered the most gay-friendly country in the world, being ranked first in the Gay Travel Index chart since , and among the five safest in Forbes magazine since Transgender people and cross-dressing practices have been recorded and documented in Canada for centuries. Different indigenous groups have had their own traditions and terms to refer to transgender people, gender variance or sexual identity.
Marriage in Canada
Same-sex marriage in Canada was progressively introduced in several provinces by court decisions beginning in before being legally recognized nationwide with the enactment of the Civil Marriage Act on July 20, On June 10, , 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. The introduction of a federal gender-neutral marriage definition made Canada the fourth country in the world, and the first country outside Europe , to legally recognize same-sex marriage throughout its borders. More than 3, same-sex couples had already married in those areas before the Civil Marriage Act was passed.
Still, the world has undoubtedly come a long way since the Netherlands became the first country to legalize same-sex marriage, this in Canada became the first North American country to do so in ; South Africa the first, and still only, in Africa ; Norway was the first Scandinavian country ; Argentina the first in Latin America ; New Zealand the first Asia-Pacific country ; and in May , Taiwan became the first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage. Add to this more than 20 other examples, all with their own intricacies, from court rulings to parliamentary votes. To find out more, click through the following gallery and discover all the countries where same-sex marriage is legal.