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IN FRATERNAM MEAM
Thursday, June 30, 2005
CANADA'S HOUSE OF COMMONS APPROVES GAY MARRIAGE NATIONWIDE
TORONTO -- Canada's House of Commons voted Tuesday to legalized gay mariage, passing landmark legistlation that would grant same sex couples in Canada the same legal rights as those in traditional unions between a man and a woman.

The bill passed as expected, despite opposition from Conversatives and religious leaders. The legislation drafted by Prime Minister Paul Martin's minority Liberal Party government was also expected to easily pass the Senate and become federal law by the end of July.

The Netherlands and Belgium are the only other two nations that allow gay marrigae nationwide.

Some of Martin's Liberal lawmakers voted against the bill, but enough allies rallied to support it.

"This is a victory for Canadian values", said Alex Munter, national coordinator of Canadians for Equal Marriage.

The Roman Catholic Church, Canada's largest Christian denomination, has fought the legislations.

Before teh bill passed, gay marriage was legal in seven provinces. According to polls, a majority in Canada supports gay marriage.

Same-sex marriage is opposed by a majority of Americans, according to an AP-Ipsos poll. Massachussettes is the only U.S. state that allows gay marriages, Vermont and Connecticut have same-sex civil unions.

(abstracted from Associated Press by: Beth Duff-Brown)
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