Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Saskatchewan officials must perform gay marriages

Barb Pacholik, Postmedia News ·

In giving a resounding "no" to proposed laws that would have allowed Saskatchewan marriage commissioners to opt out of uniting same-sex couples on religious grounds, the province's top court was very clear about the potential impact of such legislation.

"It would be a significant step backward if, having won the difficult fight for the right to same-sex civil marriages, gay and lesbian couples could be shunned by the very people charged by the province with solemnizing such unions," Justice Robert Richards said, authoring Monday's majority decision for the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal...

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