Bill C-38 Becomes Law. Canada takes another step closer to ending discrimination.


Bill C-38, THE CIVIL MARRIAGE ACT received first reading in the House of Commons on February 1st, 2005.  The bill codifies a definition of marriage for the first time in Canadian law, expanding on the traditional common-law understanding of civil marriage as an exclusively heterosexual institution. Bill C-38 defines civil marriage as “the lawful union of two persons […]