Our job is to uphold and reflect the principles and values underlying the Canadian Human Rights Act. Civil status is of provincial jurisdiction in Canada. The Western tradition of marriage has always had many facets - contractual, spiritual and social: Bulgaria 7 Cambodia: In earlythe issue once again resurfaced, and the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights proceeded to undertake a formal study of same-sex marriage, including a cross-country series of public hearings.
Included in our Act are prohibitions of discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and discrimination on the grounds of religious freedom.
See related article, " Homosexuality and religion ". Archived from the original on March 1, United Kingdom British Antarctic Territory.
The challenge for the legislature therefore is to recognize the strongly-held views of these groups and individuals and at the same time to act in accordance with the constitutional imperatives of a secular democracy which has chosen to bind itself by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.