November 29, Main article: Two same-sex couples brought suit in April to request an order requiring the Government of New Brunswick to issue same-sex marriage licences. On August 16,federal Justice Minister Irwin Cotler indicated that the federal government would no longer resist court cases to implement same-sex marriage in the provinces or territories. Fox News. Retrieved from https:
Before the enactment of federal legislation recognizing same-sex marriage, therefore, the application of federal marriage law differed depending on the province or territory. Moreover, they argued that the living tree doctrine is constrained within the "natural limits" of interpretation and cannot be stretched to anything the court would like it to be. Retrieved May 14, CBC Archive.
According to the Census, there were 72, same-sex couples residing in Canada that year, of which 24,