Canada + US + marriage = messy?
February 20, 2011 6:59 AM Subscribe
Talk to me about same-sex marriage in Canada between a citizen and a non-citizen. Rights, responsibilities, etc.
posted by geckoinpdx to law & government (15 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My accomplice and I have been together for over a decade. While vacationing in BC, I suggested making it legal.
He has dual US/Canadian citizenship, I have US citizenship. We both live full-time in Oregon. We'd most likely do the deed in BC because it's the closest province, but I'm not sure about the legal bits. Can we just go to the magistrate and get a licence and be done with it? Is there a waiting period? Are there any residency/occupation/time requirements?
I'm really not interested in an automatic ticket to the Commonwealth, but I'd also like to know my rights and responsibilities, should it happen. I have a good job with good benefits here in the States. I have no interest in immediate relocation or profiting from a system that I haven't paid into, but I admit dual citizenship is attractive to me.
I guess the ultimate question is this; we've been together since 1998. We are committed. What do we need to do to make it legal in Canada, and what should I as a US citizen expect as a result? As I said, I have no interest in gaming the system. This is more of a desire than a need. However, I need to know what to expect after legally marrying a Canadian citizen.