Same-sex marriage was legalized in Canada in 2005, since then it is estimated that there have been around 200 to 300 cases in which opponents of same-sex marriage have faced some sort of proceedings either through the courts, employment boards or human rights commissions.
In the National Review, Michael Coren, wrote: “once gay marriage becomes law, critics are often silenced by the force of the law.”
One Canadian Christian marriage commissioner was successfully sued for refusing to marry gay couples. There are now moves in Canada to withdraw tax free status from churches who refuse to conduct same-sex marriage ceremonies, and to ban teachers who refuse to teach same-sex marriage in both state and private schools.
A Catholic Bishop from Alberta was charged with human rights violations for writing a letter to local churches outlining the Catholic Churches position on gay marriage.
Coren believes the number affected by the redefinition of marriage will be far higher as it does not take into account those who have been dismissed from jobs casually.