Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former Marriage Commissioner Fights Requirement to Perform Same-Sex Ceremonies

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former Marriage Commissioner Fights Requirement to Perform Same-Sex Ceremonies

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Former commissioner says rights violated

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WINNIPEG - A former Manitoba marriage commissioner said provincial officials were well aware of his opposition to performing what he called non-Christian marriages before he was granted his licence in 2003.

Kevin Kisilowsky's lawyer told court Thursday his client informed the Vital Statistics department that he would only do "God-ordained ceremonies."

Kisilowsky is asking the court to strike down the law mandating all marriage commissioners perform same-sex weddings.

Kisilowsky was stripped of his commissioner's licence by the province after the Supreme Court of Canada changed the legal definition of marriage in 2004.

Lawyer Jay Cameron said the removal of his client's licence was based on his religious beliefs and therefore violates his constitutional rights. …

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