• Conservative Leader Stephen Harper on election night in Calgary, Alberta, on 19, 2015. (AP)Source: AP
One year after losing government, the Conservatives have changed their party policy on same-sex marriage.
Drew Sheldrick

30 May 2016 - 9:48 AM  UPDATED 30 May 2016 - 9:48 AM

Canada's Conservative political party has dropped its long-held opposition to same-sex marriage, voting overwhelmingly to change its policy on the issue at a convention in Vancouver on Saturday.

Delegates voted 1,036-462 to no longer consider marriage strictly as a union between one man and one woman in the party's policy platform.

"I think our party got a little more Canadian today," Calgary MP Michelle Rempel told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation after the vote. "It's a milestone and it's not just a milestone for our party, it's a milestone for all Canadians.

"Yes, it took us 10 years to get to this point, but I think this is something that is a beacon for people around the world who are looking at equality rights. Canada is a place where we celebrate equality."

The Conservatives were swept from office last year when the Liberals' Justin Trudeau led his party to victory over former PM Stephen Harper by a wide margin.

in 2005, Canada became just the third country in the world at the time to allow same-sex couples the right to marry. The Civil Marriage Act was implemented by Prime Minister Paul Martin's Liberal minority government.

The UK is performing hundreds of gay weddings in Australia
The British High Commissioner has even performed a few herself.