A Canadian judge has decided that a gay couple with a UK civil partnership can be treated as married – and therefore get divorced.
The judgement in Ontario follows legal objections from the Canadian federal Crown.
In 2009 Wayne Hincks and Gerardo Gallardo entered into a civil partnership in London. Both obtained Canadian citizenship after emigrating to Toronto in 2010.
Unlike Canada, British law does not currently allow same-sex couples to marry although civil partnerships allow for similar rights and responsibilities.