Two and one-half years ago when the province became the third in that country to enact SSM officially, it added a ban on foreign SS marriages. As the report in CanWest News put it:
The policy recognized same-sex marriages for immigration purposes only if the ceremony was performed in Canada, and if at least one of the partners was Canadian or a permanent resident.
It also clearly stated: "If you were married outside Canada, you cannot apply to sponsor your same-sex partner as a spouse."
The group LEGIT pushed to remove the ban.
British Columbia New Democratic Party MP Bill Siksay called this stricture a "huge inconsistency" and worked to change the policy. He has been a frequent activist on immigration issues. As he described this to a parliamentary committee, "To have a policy on the books that departed from full equality, that treated gay and lesbian couples that were legally married in other jurisdictions in a fundamentally different way than heterosexual couples, was wrong."
Perhaps the Equality State's legislature can consider that too.
As of January 24th, the ban is gone, according to a letter from Citizenship and Immigration Minister Diane Finley to the immigration committee. It included, "CIC has moved to annul the interim policy on same-sex marriage. As a result, same-sex marriages legally performed in Canada and in foreign jurisdictions are now recognized for all immigration purposes."A bureaucrat who does not check her brains at the door is so refreshing.
Tags: massmarrier, Canada, Wyoming, immigration, same-sex marriage