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Same-Sex Marriage

Parent Category: Gay Lesbian and Bisexual
Same-sex marriage, also known as gay marriage, is marriage between two people of the same sex that is legally and/or socially recognized. These relationships also sometimes include include civil unions, domestic partnerships, and civil partnerships. Same sex marriage has gained some acceptance over the last couple of decades. It has been legalized in several countries. However, it still highly controversial in many countries. Marriage equality is often a hot topic during political campaigns and debates.
Yes, if one of the domestic partners works for the state or for an employee who has voluntarily opted to provide domestic partner coverage. Keep in mind that no new domestic partnerships may be formed in New Jersey after February 19, 2007, since Civil Unions are now legal.
Yes. Effective June 26, 2013, the US federal government recognizes same-sex marriages, including for the purposes of immigration. An American citizen may sponsor a foreign same-sex spouse for permanent residency ("green card"), leading eventually to citizenship.
There is no reason to prove that same-sex marriage is inhumane. There is nothing to indicate that same-sex marriage is inhumane either.
no because it does'nt have to get marrige
In 1972, the United States Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of Baker v. Nelson. In this case, Mr. Baker had challenged the clerk of the Hennepin County Minnesota district court (Mr. Nelson) for denying his request to marry another man.
You should inquire at your town clerk's office. AND you must live in a jurisdiction which recognizes such a legal partnership between two persons.
A domestic partnership is a legally recognized relationship of  couples in a committed relationship. The domestic partnership law  in New York includes same-sex couples. To determine how to file for  a domestic partnership in New York, you must understand the  requirements for filing for a...
A "homosexual union" is a derogatory term for a romanticpartnership between two people of the same gender (that is to say,both male or both female). The proper term is a "marriage" If the couple is not married orliving together, they would just be called a "couple." Ifqualification is absolutely...
Yes. Same-sex marriage is legal in Colorado effective October 6,  2014.
That depends on the reason why domestic partnership was denied. Many requirements for domestic partnership do not apply to legal marriage; for example, you must live together to register as domestic partners, but you are not required to live with your legal spouse. Some domestic partnership...
with acceptance. EQUALITY IS KEY :D
Johnny Mathis lives in Beverly Hills, California.
If your uncle marries another man, then you get a new uncle. If your brother marries another man, then you get a new brother-in-law. You can get a new uncle by marriage, but not a new brother.
In the Western Culture, both gay and straight males would wear  the rings on the same finger: the ring finger of the left hand. 
One or both partners can change their middle or last names on the Declaration of Domestic Partnership form as part of the registration. Information concerning this name change process can be found in California Family Code sections 298, 298.5 and 298.6.
This calls for a subjective opinion and here is one: Yes. Two males are better suited to spending all their time together since they are more likely to both be interested in the same things (sports, movies, activities, etc.) than a man and a woman are. Likewise, two women have more in common with...
You should consult with an attorney who specializes in legal family matters related to same sex relationships.
In some places where same-sex marriage has been legalized, the law is not exactly equal because either joint adoption of children or government-funded fertility treatments are not available to same-sex couples while they are available to heterosexual couples.
Why do heterosexual couples benefit from being married? Same answer.
ND, SD, MO, AR, TN, KY, OH, MI, MS, LA, GA, TX. I believe that isall.
Being against the law, or illegal are two different things. For example, off topic answer, in some countries there is no age of consent, so it's not 'illegal' to have sex with a minor and yet they still have certain 'area rights' where if the minor or the parents complain about it, you can be found...
one potential advantage of this kind of marriage is that we, gay couples could be a great help in reducing country's population and can help other family whose having great problem raising their children by adopting them.
I believe god made us the way he did, god is perfect in all ways. He does not make mistakes and i HIGHLY doubt god will turn his back on you. Remember... he loves everyone. Gay or not... Now its a different story if your cheating on your girlfriend/wife or your stealing stuff... or Blasphemy... that...
8 was the gay marriage protection act and 115 was the crimes  victims justice report act
The Full Faith and Credit Clause should be expected to apply to same-sex marriages, thereby forcing all states to legally recognize same-sex marriages formed in other states, but it is not be successfully applied because of Section 2 of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA").
This is a matter of opinion. I have been in a civil union and am now in a same-sex marriage. My personal opinion is that civil unions are a valuable step on the road to equality. Civil unions help people with respect to insurance and money matters. However, I personally find the two-tiered system...
Of course they should! Because anyone should be allowed to marry whomever they want. If two girls or boys like each other that much, then they should be allowed to marry, because it's like saying that a black guy can't marry a white girl. So yes gays should be allowed to marry.   Another Opinion:...
I'm sorry, same-sex marriage is not legal in Trinidad. In fact, homosexual activity is illegal there and punishable with a twenty-five year jail sentence. The Canadian citizen would have to apply for a fiance visa to bring the Trinidadian to Canada for the purpose of marriage. The couple would then...
The negative side of same-sex marriage is that some see it as godless. It is not acceptable by some religious orders. Some societies ostracise those involved. Well, they can't have kids w/o outside help, but that's about it. Many countries do not recognise it and any rights associated with...
Same-sex marriage doesn't spread. Tolerance spreads.
In 1970, two Minnesota men attempted to obtain a marriage license and were denied. They appealed, but lost at the state level, so they appealed to the US Supreme Court. The appeal was rejected because the US Supreme Court found no Federal issue. The question was not raised again until the 1990's in...
It's best just to send them an Email, or ring them up about the  situation! I would think that the would provide insurance for a  domestic partner however It's best to just make sure this is  certain!
yep. you have to build a relationship between 2 people first however, and then marry them, this cannot be done in the family creation screen.----------- Yes there is and it has lesbian (gay) marriage in PlayStation 2 and on computer's. Hope it helped!
No. A 2004 amendment to the Louisiana State Constitution bans same-sex marriage and civil unions. It does not, however, ban domestic partnerships. The City of New Orleans has a domestic partner registry that is open to both same-sex and opposite-sex couples. It offers some legal benefits, but...
The 1996 Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA") did two things: (1) prohibited the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage; and, (2) enabled individual states (and Native American tribes, btw) to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. On June 26, 2013, the...
This is a question that is best left up to the people of Mississippi. I personally feel that same-sex marriage should be legalized there. I feel more strongly, however, that my New York marriage should be recognized in Mississippi and that no state should be able to pick and choose what marriages...
Their is nothing wrong with same sex marriages. It's unfair that people have to hide or are not allowed to get marriend just because they are the same sex. So I you love them go for it.
No, gay men are men. Men usually get married in suits or  tuxedos. 
Yes. Civil union partners can own the land jointly and as long as they make certain to take title as joint tenants with the right of survivorship upon the death of one owner the sole ownership of the property automatically passes to the survivor bypassing probate. Any two or more co-owners can own...
The purpose was to provide same-sex couples with the same benefits and rights as legally married persons while appeasing religious groups and social conservatives by retaining the use of the word "marriage" for heterosexuals only.
Yes. It's adorable.
No. Hinduism believes in marriage between a man and a woman.
Most Christian denominations accept homosexuality, but will not  accept physical homosexual relations (or "gay sex"). Most Christian  denominations will not allow gay marriage in the Church because the  rule of thumb is that a Christian marriage is supposed to be  completed by sex, which many...
Personally, I am against it. The Bible speaks against it too. To see Bible verses that speak against the like, see related question. (It's a link at the bottom of the answer). Another opinion Yes I do. The bible has nothing to do with it. Another Opinion I agree with the concept of same-sex...
The Netherlands was the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage in 2001. Same-sex marriage was first legalized in the USA in the state of Massachusetts on May 17, 2004.
Dreaming of a same sex marriage doesn't mean you are gay or anything like that. Usually this "marriage partner" will seem totally opposite to yourself even in physical attributes. Marriage indicates a transition in your life and undertaking a commitment, this would be your subconscious telling you...
Yes. Same-sex marriage is legal in Arizona effective October 17,  2014.
The perspective is mostly defined by people's emotions, religious  beliefs and/or cultural backgrounds. From a purely 'legalistic'  point of view any marriage is a public-law contract that simply  regulates two peoples' rights and obligations towards each other,  the position, obligations and...
Same-sex marriage is not legal in Gabon in the sense that it cannot be legally performed and it is not recognized by the government. It is not "illegal" however in the sense that it is punishable under the penal code. Reportedly, same-sex sexual activity has never been illegal in Gabon.
The amount of effort some people have put into maliciously obstructing the civil rights of a specific minority may cause some children to mistakenly believe that such bigotry is okay. It may also cause some gay children to feel bullied or unaccepted by the society they live in. On the contrary, the...
Equal to opposite-sex marriage. . Its legalization is gaining in popular support. . North America is the continent with the most same-sex marriages. . Asia, Antarctica and Oceania are the only continents where same-sex marriage has not been legalized in at least one country. . The United States is...
There is no legitimate reason to restrict marriage to heterosexual couples only. All arguments in defense of this discrimination are spurious or based upon personal religious beliefs that have no place in civil law.
Bills have been introduced and reintroduced each year. The only bill to ever pass was the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA"). Other bills introduced include ones intended to repeal DOMA, to provide benefits to same-sex spouses of US military personnel, to permit Americans to sponsor their same...
In legislatures around the world, bills have been introduced to permit same-sex couples to marry, to recognize foreign same-sex marriages, to provide the same rights as marriage but use a different word, to ban recognition and performance of same-sex marriage, to ban recognition of all same-sex...
Judith Butler is a professor at the University of California at Berkeley. She is a feminist and gay rights activist. She lives with her lesbian partner. Chances are she does not oppose same-sex marriage.
As of 2014, there is no average or typical number of same-sex  marriages in a given year, since the number of couple is increasing  dramatically every year, due to expanding legalization. A typical  year of same sex marriages won't be estimated with accuracy for at  least a decade.
Many rights are being violated, such as the pursuit of happiness. Gay couples don't get federal tax benefits and only get state tax benefits if their state recognizes their marriage. Gay couples can't visit each other in the hospital unless their state recognizes their marriage. They probably can't...
Then his or her estate is divided according to the local laws of intestate succession, generally giving all or half to a surviving spouse or children of the whole blood, if any, and otherwise to the parents and their descendants of the whole blood, if any, and otherwise to grandparents and their...
Often there are civil partnerships/civil unions. Why?
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly called the "Mormon" Church) does not generally get involved in political affairs, but will occassionaly in matters of moral issues. In the case of Proposition 8 in California, the Church encouraged it's members to vote against legalizing gay...
The Supreme Court of the State of Massachusetts rule 4-to-3 in favor of the legalization of same-sex marriage in Goodridge v. Dept. of Public Health , 798 N.E.2d 941 (Mass. 2003) on November 18, 2003.
It is necessary to provide same-sex couples with the same legal rights and responsibilities as legal marriage because society has advanced to the state where denying marriage benefits to the LGBT community is now perceived as discrimination by a majority of people.
Yes, after living in Mexico for two years, as opposed to five years if you are not married to a Mexican. The Mexican Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex marriages must be recognized.
No. Only unmarried persons are eligible for domestic partnership registration.
It doesn't. I believe you are asking why doesn't the Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA") prevent a state from permitting same-sex couples to marry because of Article VI of the Constitution. Article VI says, in part: "This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States ... shall be the supreme Law of...
You must file as single on both your state and federal income tax forms if your state does not recognize same-sex marriage.
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If you live in the United States, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Brazil, etc., then you better enjoy the ban on same-sex marriage while you can, since changes are imminent. If you want to live in a place where people can actually be arrested for attempting a same-sex marriage, then you'll have to move...
In 1971, the Minnesota State Supreme Court ruled against the right of same-sex couples to marry in Baker v. Nelson, a decision that was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1972.
AnswerAbsolutely not! Scripture spells out marriage as a union between one man and one woman.    Answer Unfortunately, the Catholic Church is strongly opposed to same sex marriage. Apparently the church (along with many people, such as the first contributor) only has a shallow understanding...
Various polls usually set this figure as being about 90% or slightly higher.
No. President Obama supports same-sex marriage and that support is reflected in his actions.
It's not bad, as far as I am aware. Marriage is a good thing that benefits both partners. Denying a minority the right to marry because of someone else's religious beliefs is very bad.
    People who for religious or other reasons find non-heterosexual marriage to be abhorrent are opposed to 'gay marriage'. This group of people also tend to be very vocal, and very political. Plus, it takes a certain amount of political courage to stand in FAVOR of gay marriage, so many...
Some Texas counties, including Travis County, accept the filing of   Domestic Partnership Agreements and maintains a Registry of   Domestic Partnerships. A  Domestic Partnership Agreement is a document that describes the   legal rights and responsibilities between two individuals of  any...
Yes. Marriage is a right and brings with it certain privileges. Limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples only is the same as denying a civil right to some people because of their sexual orientation.
Yes, when they are adult. Gay marriage is legal in some US States and in many countries around the world.
No, federal law only prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage. It does not prohibit same-sex couples from marrying.
The current debate centers on how long certain states will be able to retain their statutory and constitutional bans on same-sex marriage.
Physical harm? Certainly not. Economic harm? Quite the opposite. Emotional harm? Perhaps. But, if prejudiced people are emotionally harmed when a Black family moves into their neighborhood, or when Muslims build a mosque in their city, or when a woman is promoted to supervisor, does that harm...
Yes, being gay is legal in most countries. Jurisdictions cannot  legislate to control your private thoughts and feelings. What they  can, and do, legislate to control are your actions and behaviours -  and in some jurisdictions this will extend to actions that you  carry out in private. So while...
Washington, DC, which is the only city in the United States to have legalized same-sex marriage. The District of Columbia is the only city in the country that is part of any state. In the United States, marriage laws are controlled by the states, not cities. No city has the authority to pass laws...
Answering for myself (I'm gay and -- thanks to the State of Iowa -- married to my husband): 1. Just to be absolutely clear: this is about civil marriage, not the religious sacrament. Civil marriage is a partnership contract and -- like any other contract -- should be available to any two consenting...
The first jurisdiction to legalize same-sex marriage was the Netherlands on April 1, 2001.
Because regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation people from all walks of life should be able to enjoy all of the basic freedoms that are promised to us as citizens. Its not something you 'believe in', it exists and will continue to exist. People don't need to support gay marriage, but do...
There is a chance this may be the case by June 2013.
in some states and cities no.
The political fight for same-sex marriage began on a large scale in 2000. Before that, there were a few instances of activism dating back to the 1970s.
Yes, homosexuals should have rights..but not marriage rights. That is between a man in a woman. As states in the constitution. If you disagree, check your facts.   Alternate Viewpoint: No. California's Proposition 8 was an improper attempt to limit the existing lawful rights of minorities and was...
His current statements are that he is not opposed to gay marriage and he has become aligned with the Libertarian's view on marriage.     However, he was the author of DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) which is a federal law defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
Only if he or she is a named joint debtor on the contract or lending agreement.
The significance of marriage is the same, whether it is same-sex or not. Marriage is a legal contract between two parties which results in certain binding rights and responsibilities. It signifies a joining of the two spouses as a family unit.