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Political firestorm continues over foreign same-sex couples: Queen's University professor

2012-01-26

Queen’s University law professor Kathleen Lahey is available to comment on the political firestorm over the Canadian government not legally recognizing marriages of foreign same-sex couples.

Professor Lahey was legal counsel for the British Columbia partners who brought the marriage challenge in that province. She represented them throughout the litigation in that province and before the Supreme Court of Canada in the 2004 Marriage Reference case. She is the author of two books on queer equality, including Same Sex Marriage: The Personal and the Political.

“Given the discriminatory origins of conflicts rules regarding validity of marriage, it is shocking that Justice Canada would authorize the submission of this legal argument,” says Professor Lahey. “Lawyers and advocacy groups are being flooded with calls and messages from couples around the globe who are now concerned that this legal argument will be adopted and used as the basis for a new round of attacks on marriages many of which are now nearing their tenth anniversaries.”

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