Alberta Premier Ralph Klein suggested his province may stop sanctioning all marriages in a bid to avoid having to recognize same-sex marriages. Instead, he said, Alberta might recognize civil unions, leaving the solemnization of marriage to religious institutions to deal with as they wish.
... what does this mean, you ask?
It means that the hotly debated Same Sex Law has passed, making same-sex marriages legal in Canada ... right before Canada Day, too ... another reason to be grateful for this place. It ought to be noted that does not mean that religious groups are obliged to perform unions against their beliefs.
It also means that this province may stop sanctioning marriages altogether and recognize only civil unions. If that happens, marriages will become churches' domain. So far, I'm failing to see a downside to this.