Same-sex adoption has also been legal in all provinces and territories under varying rules. The registrar refused to accept the records of marriage, and a lawsuit was commenced over whether the marriages were legally performed. Religious institutions would not be forced to perform a marriage that is contrary to their beliefs. Retrieved July 11,
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The census data establish that, first, marriage is in decline in Canada, as it is in much of the West; second, same-sex marriage is a statistically minor phenomenon; and third, there are very few same-sex couples married or not with children in the home. An ordinary person with few resources who has drawn the attention of a human rights commission has no hope of appealing to the courts for relief; such a person can only accept the admonition of the commission, pay a comparatively small fine, and then observe the directive to remain forever silent. The Premier of Alberta , Ralph Klein , wanted to prevent same-sex marriages from being performed or recognized in Alberta , but eventually admitted that the province's chances of doing so were slim to none, and said Alberta would obey the legislation. In addition, as a result of the Jubran decision,  they are liable for most such behaviour by students.