Same-sex marriage not being reopened, Harper says

CBC News

Prime Minister Stephen Harper denies the federal government is changing its position on same-sex marriage, despite a government lawyer’s submission that a same-sex marriage performed in Canada is not valid if the couple does not live in Canada.

“When we first came to office we had a vote on this issue. We have no intention of further reopening or opening this issue,” Harper said at a shipbuilding announcement in Halifax, adding that he did not know the details of the government’s submission in this case.

But lawyer Martha McCarthy, who is working on the divorce case for a lesbian couple from Florida and the United Kingdom, says a federal government lawyer has filed a submission saying that even though the same-sex marriage was performed in Canada, the validity of the marriage depends on the law of the jurisidiction where the individuals live.

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