In 2003 some provinces began legalizing same-sex marriages, and in 2005 the federal civil marriage act made same-sex marriage legal across the country. In the united states it was just 43 years ago when interracial marriage was made fully legal in all 50 states. 15 of canadians would never marry outside their race ipsos poll. At least 15 per cent of canadians would never have a relationship with someone outside their race, according to an exclusive poll. like betgo said, there werent laws against interracial marriage in many northern us states either, because the black percentage of the population at that time in those states was very small, though even that was larger than the proportion in canada. a full 10 years (ten years!) before hollywood deigned to tackle the hot-button issue of interracial marriage with guess whos coming to dinner, casting the ever-suave sydney poitier as potential son-in-law to katharine hepburn, the national film board of canada produced crossroads, a half-hour long fiction film about a young couple so in love they want to marry. just 5 per cent of all unions in canada were between people of different ethnic origins, religions, languages and birthplaces in 2011, the last year statistics canada.