May 9, 2008, Newsletter Issue #83: Laws in Canada

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Canada passed laws legalizing gay marriage nationwide in 2005, but laws still vary from state to state in Canada. Same-sex marriage has been legal in some areas of Canada since 2003.

Canada does not have a residency requirement for same sex marriage. Couples need to obtain a marriage license from the local authorities, which requires photo ID for both partners and a small fee (usually around $100). Both partners need to satisfy the age requirement, which is 18 in most areas and 17 in British Columbia. There is no waiting period. The ceremony needs two witnesses, but information on gay marriage in Canada notes that these can often be provided from anyone hanging around city hall.

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