Supreme Court OK's same-sex marriage
OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada says the federal government can change the definition of marriage, giving gays and lesbians the legal right to marry ... The court rejected the argument that the traditional definition of marriage is rooted in history, saying times have changed. "Several centuries ago it would have been understood that marriage should be available only to opposite-sex couples. The recognition of same-sex marriage in several Canadian jurisdictions as well as two European countries belies the assertion that the same is true today," wrote the court.
So now the Canadian government can draft legislation to legalize same-sex marriage: The Liberals hold a thin minority government, with 134 of the 308 seats in the House of Commons, but should have the support of most or all of the 19 New Democrat MPs and 54 Bloc Québécois MPs. NDP Leader Jack Layton has said his caucus will vote in favour of the bill, while Conservative Leader Stephen Harper, whose party is split on the issue, says it will be a free vote. If passed, Canada would join Belgium and the Netherlands in making gay marriage legal nationwide.
How awesome would that be?!? You can read the full text of the Canadian Supreme Court's decision HERE.