Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Stands

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OTTAWA, OCT. 9, 2003 ( Pro-family groups lost a major battle in their struggle against same-sex marriage when Canada's highest court rejected their bid to appeal a lower court decision, the Globe and Mail reported.

A five-judge Supreme Court of Canada panel ruled unanimously that the Association for Marriage and the Family in Ontario and the Interfaith Coalition on Marriage and Family cannot appeal a judgment by the Ontario Court of Appeal that found the traditional definition of marriage to be unconstitutional, the newspaper said.

In the new year, the Liberal government likely will introduce legislation to allow same-sex marriage.