On December 9,the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the marriage of same-sex couples is constitutional, that the federal government has the sole authority to amend the definition of marriage, and the charter's protection of freedom of religion grants religious institutions the right to refuse to perform marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples. Coat of arms Flags Provincial and territorial Royal Heraldic. Section 9 reads:. Try Independent Minds free for 1 month. Religious educational institutions may in many cases discriminate based on sexual orientation against students and staff according to religious doctrine.
The age of consent for anal sex, however, remains at 18, leading to charges of discrimination against gay youth.
Education Healthcare Crime Values. Inthe Ontario Court of Appeal ordered that failure to include sexual orientation in the Canadian Human Rights Act was discriminatory. The registrar refused to accept the records of marriage, and a lawsuit was commenced over whether the marriages were legally performed.
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