Petition Closed

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!

Letter to
Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper
Leader, Conservative Party of Canada / Chef, Parti Conservateur du Canada Stephen Harper
I just signed the following petition addressed to: The Government of Canada.

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

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!
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Sincerely,