Same-Sex Marriages in Canadian Private International Law

  • Jan Jakob Bornheim


In 2012, the Canadian federal government took a position in court that same-sex couples married in Canada were not legally married if the law of their domicile did not recognize such marriages. As a reaction to the subsequent media reports and political debate, the government introduced Bill C-32 to modify the Civil Marriages Act. This article analyzes the current treatment of same-sex marriages by foreign-domiciled spouses in Canadian private international law, criticizes the changes to the Civil Marriage Act, and replies to a recent academic commentary on the issue.