Supreme Court okays same-sex marriage; religious freedom protected

Canada’s top court says Ottawa has the authority to redefine marriage to include same-sex couples, but religious officials cannot be forced to perform unions against their beliefs.
The Supreme Court of Canada refused to say whether the traditional definition of marriage – between one man and one woman – violates equality rights.
It noted the federal government has already accepted lower-court judgments that excluding gays from marrying is discriminatory.
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