SAME-SEX MARRIAGE IN CANADA - 10 YEARS LATER

Jun 10, 2013

By Bob Komsic

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It was on this day in 2003 that the first legal same-sex marriage took place in this country.

Michael Leshner and Michael Stark were wed in a civil ceremony in Toronto just hours after Ontario’s Court of Appeal ruled the Canadian law on traditional marriage unconstitutional.

Many other provinces soon followed suit and two years later, the federal government legalized same-sex marriage nationwide with the gender-neutral Civil Marriage Act.

Leshner says he and his husband won full equality on the day they were legally wed.

He adds their case drove the stake through the heart of legalized homophobia.

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