No appeal over landmark gay marriage ruling

Wednesday 18 June 2003 12.34
No appeal over landmark gay marriage ruling

The Canadian government has indicated its acceptance of gay marriages by deciding not to appeal a landmark decision on the issue by a provincial court in Ontario.

The Prime Minister, Jean Chrétien, made the announcement after a cabinet meeting.

The federal government in Ottawa plans to draft legislation to legalise same-sex unions and to ask the country's Supreme Court to rule on its constitutionality before allowing MPs a free vote on the Bill.

Last week, a court in Ontario set aside the heterosexual definition of marriage as the union of a man and a woman.