The Associated Press stated in a July 21, 2005 article:
"Canada signed gay marriage legislation into law Wednesday July 20, 2005], becoming the fourth nation to grant full legal rights to same-sex couples.
Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin [acting in her role as deputy governor general] signed the legislation hours after it was approved by the Senate, which acted late Tuesday despite strong opposition from Conservatives and many religious leaders.
The bill gives homosexual couples the same rights as women and men in traditional unions, something that was already legal in eight of Canada's 10 provinces and two of its three territories.
The legislation drafted by Prime Minister Paul Martin's minority Liberal Party government easily passed the Senate, which in effect rubber-stamps any bill passed by the House of Commons, which approved it late last month.
The Netherlands, Belgium and Spain are the only other countries that allow gay marriage nationwide." July 21, 2005 Associated Press