Human Interest
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Days before 2010, PEI proclaims gay marriage amendments

Same-sex couples have been able to get married in Prince Edward Island since June 2006, but the CBC reports that it was only this weekend that the province’s laws were changed to fully reflect that.

The Domestic Relations Act was proclaimed over the weekend, after receiving royal assent earlier this year. The act changes 29 pieces of provincial legislation to replace references to “man and woman” and “husband and wife” with gender-neutral terms.

The CBC reports:

Now that the legislation has been proclaimed, the government can get
on with processing a backlog of requests, said Jessie Frost-Wicks, a
departmental solicitor with the Office the Attorney General…

"Vital statistics being one, for people looking for birth
certificates and to have their status recognized, I guess, on a birth
certificate as a parent,” [said Frost-wicks.]

Before the changes, the only option on birth certificates was mother and father.

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