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Canada Proposes Expanded Rights for Same-Sex Couples

Canada’s Justice Minister Anne McLellan has introduced a measure that would grant lesbian and gay partnerships the same rights that are given common-law heterosexual couples.

The proposed measure would modify 68 federal statutes, such as the Pension Act and the Tax Act, but requires Parliamentary approval. Amending these two statutes would allow lesbians and gay men to claim their partners as dependents and collect survivor benefits if one partner dies.

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Associated Press - February 11, 2000

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