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June 23, 2003
City of Toronto to issue marriage licences on Pride weekend
The City Clerk's Office (City Hall location only) will be open to issue
marriage licences this weekend on Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29.

The City Hall Legislative Services office on the main floor at City Hall at 100
Queen Street West (north-west corner of Bay and Queen Streets) will be open
from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days, to process marriage licence applications.

This weekend's special operating hours are expected to be a one-time event, in
recognition of Pride Week, which begins today, and recent Court decisions
regarding same-sex marriage.

The Toronto City Clerk's Office began issuing marriage licences on June 10 to
same-sex couples that meet application requirements after the Ontario Court of
Appeal ruled that the common law definition of marriage as a union between a
man and a woman is unconstitutional. Since the court decision, approximately
175 licences have been issued to same-sex couples.

Anyone who meets requirements set by the Province of Ontario may apply for a
marriage licence. No appointment is necessary.

The requirements for a marriage licence include passport or original birth
certificate PLUS photo ID for both applicants, an application signed by both
parties, and a certificate of divorce if applicable. The licence fee is $110.
One of the parties must submit the application in person.

There are no residency, citizenship, blood tests or medical certificates
required to obtain a marriage licence in Ontario. An Ontario marriage licence
is valid for use anywhere in the province for three months from the date of
issue. Wedding ceremonies must be arranged separately from licence applications.

Further information, including links to the marriage licence application, is
available on the City's web site at

Media contact:
Brad Ross, City of Toronto Media Relations, 416-392-8937 or
416-919-6503 (cell)



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