The federal government is reportedly making the case that thousands of
international same-sex couples who travelled to Canada to get married
are not legally wed after all.

According to The Globe and Mail,
the government is claiming in a Toronto divorce case that non-Canadian
same-sex couples will only be considered married in Canada if gay
marriage is also recognized in their home country.

The Globe
article is based on a document filed in a Toronto court case involving a
lesbian couple who married in Toronto in 2005 and are now seeking a
divorce.

Same-sex marriage officially became law under
then-prime-minister Paul Martin's Liberal government in 2005 after a
series of constitutional challenges worked their way through the courts.

 

Since
then, about 15,000 same-sex weddings have been performed across Canada,
with more than 5,000 of those marrying couples from other countries,
according to the Globe.

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