Canadian Government Won’t Revisit Decision To Invalidate Foreign Same-Sex Marriages

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is telling reporters that his government will not reconsider a controversial decision that could potentially invalidate the marriages of 5,000 foreign same-sex couples who wed in the country following the enactment of marriage equality in 2004. “When we first came to office we had a vote on this issue. We have no intention of further reopening or opening this issue,” Harper said. The new policy was revealed just recently when the government argued in a Toronto court case “that non-Canadians gays and lesbians who have been married here since 2004 are only considered married under this country’s laws if gay marriage is also recognized in their home country or state.”