Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper [official website] said in June that he would allow a free vote, which permits members to vote according to their conscience rather than along party lines. Current projections show that most Canadian federal lawmakers support same-sex marriage [tracking website], and a January 2006 poll [PDF text] by Environics Research Group revealed that 66 percent of those surveyed did not want the matter of same-sex marriages brought back to Parliament. When the federal law passed in 2005, Canada became the fourth country after the Netherlands, Spain and Belgium to recognize same-sex marriage. Reuters has more.
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