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Ottawa ends discrimination for same-sex couples married outside Canada

OTTAWA - The Conservative government has quietly scrapped one of the last remnants of official discrimination against gay couples by allowing same-sex couples married outside of Canada to be fully recognized as spouses for immigration purposes.

The controversial policy was introduced in June 2004, soon after Quebec became the third province to legalize gay marriage. When same-sex marriage was made legal throughout Canada in 2005, the bar on foreign gay marriages remained in place.

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."

In December, CanWest News Service reported on the struggle of same-sex rights group LEGIT to end the "maddening" policy, prompting NDP immigration critic Bill Siksay to spotlight the "huge inconsistency" at a parliamentary committee and press the government for change.

"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," said Siksay.

Now the government has agreed.

In a letter sent Jan. 24 to the immigration committee, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Diane Finley said that although "it was necessary for the department to take the appropriate time" to review the matter, the policy has been changed.

"CIC has moved to annul the interim policy on same-sex marriage," she wrote. "As a result, same-sex marriages legally performed in Canada and in foreign jurisdictions are now recognized for all immigration purposes.