Same-sex marriage in Quebec
|Same-sex marriage in Canada|
Reference Re Same-Sex Marriage
Civil Marriage Act
38th House · 38th Senate
39th House · 39th Senate
|Same-sex marriage by province|
Civil unions in Quebec
Adult interdependent relationship in Alberta
Domestic partnership in Nova Scotia
Common-law relationships in Manitoba
Same-sex marriage has been legal in Quebec since March 19, 2004. Quebec became the third Canadian province (after Ontario and British Columbia) and the fifth jurisdiction in the world to open marriage to same-sex couples.
On March 19, 2004, the Quebec Court of Appeals ruled similarly to the Ontario and British Columbia courts, upholding Hendricks and Leboeuf v. Quebec and ordering that it take effect immediately. The couple who brought the suit, Michael Hendricks and René Leboeuf, immediately sought a marriage licence; the usual 20-day waiting period was waived, and they were wed on April 1 at the Palais de justice de Montréal.
The Quebec decision meant that more than two-thirds of the Canadian population were living in provinces where same-sex marriage is legal. Subsequent cases, as well as federal legislation, have expanded this number to cover the entire country.
In 2002, the National Assembly of Quebec unanimously legalized civil unions for both same-sex and opposite-sex partners. The law included the right for couples in civil unions to adopt children jointly.
In November 2004, the Marriage Act was amended by replacing the words "husband and wife" with "spouses". Quebec became the first province in Canada to bring its laws in line with the legalisation of same-sex marriage and add a gender-neutral definition of spouse in its marriage laws.
- Same-sex marriage in Quebec
- "Bill n°84 : An Act instituting civil unions and establishing new rules of filiation". National Assembly of Quebec. Retrieved February 12, 2016.
- "Bill n°59 : An Act to amend the Civil Code as regards marriage". National Assembly of Quebec. Retrieved February 12, 2016.