Retain non-Canadians' rights to same-sex marriage within Canada
  • Petitioned Stephen Harper

This petition was delivered to:

Prime Minister of Canada
Stephen Harper

Retain non-Canadians' rights to same-sex marriage within Canada

    1. Danielle McNicholas
    2. Petition by

      Danielle McNicholas

Since 2005, Canada has allowed same-sex couples to legally marry. (In some forward thinking provinces, same-sex marriage became legal in 2003.) As a result, same-sex couples have travelled to Canada from around the world in pursuit of the right to marry whom they wish.

Two women who were married in Canada but live outside the country are currently seeking a divorce. They can't obtain one in their place of residence, since same-sex marriage is not recognized, or in Canada, since they are not Canadian residents.

The Harper Government, instead of pursuing lenient residency requirements for divorces, similar to the residency requirements for marriage, is now arguing that all previous marriages between non-residents are now invalid!

This could become a significant blow to LGBT rights, with same-sex couples losing the opportunity to marry and benefits to same-sex partners evaporating. Let's tell the Canadian government that this is unacceptable. Marriage equality is a right, not a privilege. Don't let the small gains we've made towards equality disappear. Sign now!

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • William Barrow VANCOUVER, CANADA
      • almost 2 years ago

      To protect what we have already fought for and won! Shame on you Harper! I don't feel you are the right person to represent our beuatiful loving Country of diversity. Stop taking steps back and wasting time on your personal opinions and spend it on more important issues PLEASE!

    • lain slack NANIMO, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      we all have the right

    • G. R. Gray STOCKTON, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Support LBGQT. OUTING Calif Gov. Jerry Brown & the Wife; Gay Marriage Rights Take Back Step

    • Lyndsay Breadner ALBERTA, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Aside from this country is my home & I ferociously patriotic akin to be a soldier reservist too I'd lay my life down for her in a heart beat. I am demoralized shamed & indignant that Harper would do this so deplorable underhandedly homophobic bible-thumping church condoned gaybashing to ampersand or paranthesis echo what our pope done to my LGBTQ family simultaneously within a week. I implore beg you Mr. Stephen Harper to reconsider if you know KJV scripture true undefiled religion is visiting the fatherless & widowed James 1:27KJV. God blessed our GDP & economy during a precedent of our country being only couple destinations where we LGBTQ whom most our families disowned n' disinherited us out proud two-spirited or gay minorities the church many states & countries forbade us to marry. We gays are the other half of the "fatherless" Jesus' brother James alluded to. Don't get me started at a tangent to my bias to always award widows' benefits for our military n' veterans or civillian murder victims compensation whom my ma is too, and samesex partner widow precedence in benefits to RRSPs, estate n' wills probate instead of living adult non-codependant heirs or kin whom contest their parent or sibling or child was gay. Please don't rescind all these non-residents gay marriages. It was not a coincidence Mr Harper God's word never goes void God bless your legacy & our country for visiting all the fatherless & widow in Jesus Christ's name please help Mr Flaherty to bring us back to our unheralded prosperity as our nation's GDP & economy is not impotent nor reproved chastened or a reproach and byword but aspired inspires other countries to do same as a beacon. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick;

      and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works,

      and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16KJV Thank you Mr Stephen Harper.~Femcee Dj Eden Lixx


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