On 01 June 2003, the Adult Interdependent Relationships Act was proclaimed in force
Adult Interdependent Relationships Act [L1.1]
Application of Act
2 This Act applies to adult interdependent relationships arising before or after this Act comes into force.
Adult interdependent partner
3(1) Subject to subsection (2), a person is the adult interdependent partner of another person if
(a) the person has lived with the other person in a relationship of interdependence
(i) for a continuous period of not less than 3 years, or
(ii) of some permanence, if there is a child of the relationship by birth or adoption,
(b) the person has entered into an adult interdependent partner agreement with the other person under section 7 [L1.2].
In April 2003, the Adult Interdependent Relationships Act was about to be proclaimed by the province as law, but it was mooted it may be sent back to the drawing board to include a same-sex registry [R2.1].
In December 2002, Alberta extended equal pension rights to the partners of gay and lesbian employees throughout its civil service [R1.1].
In November 2002, the Adult Interdependent Relationships Act, if passed, would affect some 53 pieces of legislation, from health-care insurance to civil enforcement and numerous legislation related to family law [R2.4].
On 07 May 2002, two bills were introduced by Premier Ralph Klein's government under which same-sex couples in Alberta would enjoy some of the same legal rights as married couples [R2.2].
The government planned to hold the bills over until the fall to gauge public reaction to it [R2.2].
In January 2002, a review of family law released by Justice Minister Dave Hancock recommended that Alberta should extend the same legal benefits to same-sex relationships as married couples [R2.3].
Hancock said the province would give Albertans until March 1 to react to the same-sex relationship proposal and changes to other family laws.
In May 1999, the Domestic Relations Amendment Act, defined a common-law union as "a relationship between two people of the opposite sex" who have lived in a "marriage-like" relationship for at least three years or who have a child and have been living together in a relationship of "some permanence" [R2.5].
In March 1999, Conservative MLAs agreed to defer the thorny issue of what benefits should be provided to common-law and same-sex couples [R2.6].