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2008-09-13 00:00:30

The Reverend Jonathon Timmins, lead chaplain at Lincoln County Hospital, said that on average three or four weddings were conducted there each year. "In order to arrange a civil marriage ceremony within the hospital, the doctor looking after the patient is required to sign a letter to be given to the Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths," he said. "This letter is to confirm that the doctor is looking after the patient, that the patient is seriously ill and is not expected to recover...

2005-07-20 18:09:00

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada formally became the fourth country in the world to legalize gay marriages on Wednesday after the country's Senate overwhelmingly approved the legislation. Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain already permit same-sex marriages, and a number of Canadian provinces have been allowing such legal unions for some time. The Senate upper chamber -- dominated by members from the governing Liberal party -- voted 47-21 late on Tuesday to pass the law. The House of Commons had...