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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.
Many large companies these days offer insurance for a "significant other" instead of a spouse. Speak to the insurance company directly for this information. This is possible, but there are some issues to consider: 1) If the employer group is purchasing their health insurance from a carrier, there…
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Answer I'm not sure about Germany, but come to Canada! No problems here! It's the law now. Good luck Marcy
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Answer It would give same-sex couples recognition and relationship rights which are equal to those that are granted through a traditional marriage.
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'Significant Other' Insurance I believe that currently no insurance companies HAVE to extend benefits for partners. That is one of the many issues concerning gay marriage because by legalizing marriage between couples of the same gender, it would give recognition to the spouse. This would therefo…
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As long as the person qualifies medically and your partner consents to having the policy written there should be no problem in obtaining a policy.
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No state will allow minor's to get married, regardless of sexual orientation. You must be 18 or be 16 and have parental permission.
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Arizona just passed legislation in April 2008 to extend coverage to state employees and several municipalities in AZ do as well. Check with the state Dept of Insurance (http://www.id.state.az.us) to see what the specific requirments might be. UPDATE The new governor of AZ, Jane Hull overruled thi…
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There is no legitimate reason to believe so. If anything such marriages would be less likely to cause taxpayers more money for public assistance than do relationships between unmarried men and women or those that are divorced. Millions of tax dollars are spent for the care of children of unwed mothe…
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No.  It hasn't done either of these on the state level in states where it has been legalized.  Although many same-sex married couples will pay less federal income tax when the federal government begins to recognize same-sex marriage, the reduction in tax revenue is not large enough to crea…
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Some faiths are governed by structures (regions, bishoprics, national conventions, etc.) which establish formal answers to such issues, while others allow individual congregations a good deal of discretion. In the West, a number of Protestant denominations sanctify same-sex marriages, as does Reform…
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From the perspective of the law, marriage is only there to provide support for the children. When two people are married, the law declares that any children resulting during the marriage are the responsibility of BOTH parents. The law does not concern itself with concepts like "love" and "passion", …
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Check with your state Dept of Insurance. They are the ones that generally regulate domestic partner laws.
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They are in love like heterosexuals and want to be married because they want to be monogamous. Just like heterosexuals they want to say their vows for life to each other and try to stick it out together "until death do you part." Also, and most important, they want to enjoy the same legal rights an…
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He doesn't allow it. He's against it because he believes it's morally wrong.
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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!
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Only if he or she is a named joint debtor on the contract or lending agreement.
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A basic nutshell of the Republican Party is that they are for more "traditional" practices. While I am as liberal as you an get, the Republican Party typically cites the Bible as their motivational force, and we all know that damned Leviticus passage ... However, there are some Republicans who are p…
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The US does not recognize domestic partnerships, only some states in the US do. Immigration law is federal law; therefore, you cannot get a legal status sponsored by your partner.
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Although the state does not offer a domestic partnership registry, three cities and a borough do: Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and the Borough of State College.
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He thought it was natural for a person to be gay but not to marry.
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I tend to think not. Domestic partners today are hardly distinguished from spouses in a social sense, even if they don't always enjoy the legal benefits. Paramour has a daring and romantic sound that suggests something forbidden.
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No, you have to marry the opposite sex. Even if you attempted, it still won't let you.
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Since EVER. Its not Fair for us not to have the same rights as heterosexuals. There have been many Gay Rights movements throughout the last 100 years. In the United States, the first modern organized gay rights movement began in 1969.
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The "full faith and credit" clause of Article IV of the US constitution forces states to recognize the public acts and records of other states. However, there is a phrase in Article IV that allows congress to regulate this. In 1996 congress exercised this power by passing the Defense of Marriag…
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Some recent polls: A 2014 Washington Post/ABC News poll shows 59% of American voters nationwide support the freedom to marry, there was majority support even in states without same sex marriage rights. A 2014 Washington Post/ABC News poll of Republicans found 40% support marriage for same sex cou…
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If the domestic partner is not the mother or father of the children, then they really wouldn't have rights to the children. It would be similar if a room mate lived in the same house as the kids. The fact that the partner has a sexual relationship with the child's parent is irrelevant. In short, if …
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Answer Yes, but he is strenuously in favor of civil rights for gay people, including civil unions, etc.
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In states and countries where same-sex marriages are legal, they work (or fail to work) exactly the same way opposite sex marriages do. They have the same legal requirements, and grant the same benefits and impose the same obligations.
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In some Countries lesbians can marry.
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Tell them that you care about them alot,their important to you but as well as others love them too!Convince them and cry to them and tell them all the great times you have had together!
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The very same people who invented kissing, and opposite-sex marriage. Two people that were in love.
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But wouldn't that contradict the other country's law??? since June 16, 2008, California has recognized same sex marriages.Why would have a same sex marriage in the first place if you want to marry someone else? Just get a divorce if you no longer love your partner in the original marriage. Then you …
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Libertarians don't believe that the government should be interfering with privately performed marriages, so in a sense, yes, they are open to same-sex marriage. Libertarians who are not are hypocrites. Libertarians are in favor of personal rights, which includes gay rights.
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Yes. There is nothing wrong with gays marrying even though in the past it was believed to be wrong. Religion does not play a role in government.
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Gay marriage is becoming more popular because today's world is so diverse and more people are open and honest about personal characteristics that may be controversial such as atheism and homosexuality. As the gay community grows, more homosexuals feel comfortable about their sexuality and are less a…
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Yes, if they want to. They should get just as much right with marraige as everyone else. If you think not, look at what happened with the African Americans. It is the same situation. They may not be a different race than you, but you are still descriminating against them. In the past, African Americ…
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Because that is what a democracy is. Rights are determined by the majority of the people, because it is is majority of the people that actually exercise most rights in the first place. This issue is also why womens rights and slavery took so long to get attention. Although women and slaves may have …
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Underage people can't marry whether gay or not.
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Oddly, some homophobic people have this idea that gay marriage somehow threatens straight marriage--as though straight people would find gay marriage so appealing they would stop getting married to people of the opposite sex and start marrying people of the same sex. It makes no sense, but that's th…
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There is no reason why Gay rights SHOULD not be allowed, However, in many places around the world LGBT* rights are not legalized due to religious reasons, or political reasons.
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Australia should be a country with equal rights for all people,as long as they are not harming any other person. Two people who spend their lives together should be allowed the same rights as any heterosexual couple. -- That should be a no-brainer. Yes.
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The fundamental goal of advocates for same-sex marriages is that they be treated exactly the same way as opposite sex marriages, with the same legal rights and responsibilities.
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As long as the love is there and those people love each other very much :) Gender/sex is irrelevant.
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Same as a straight man, on the left ring finger. But it can also be on any hand or finger he prefers. (It's not like there's a law that you have to wear a wedding ring on a certain finger.)
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The Bible refers to marriage in several places. Here are some specific verses from which you can draw your own conclusions: Genesis 1:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. Genesis 6:2 That the sons of God saw the daug…
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There is no alternative to marriage, if you are referring to different types of unions. Gays can remain bachelors. They can form civil unions or domestic partnerships. But none of these is the same thing as marriage.
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no
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This question is too general and would be different depending on who was asked and where it was asked. Some people oppose it while others do not have strong feelings either way. Still others feel strongly that gay couples should have the right to marry and the benefits that come with a legal marriag…
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Various forms of same sex marriage have existed since ancient times. They range from informal but life long and socially accepted same sex domestic relationships to formal, ritualized unions of people of the same sex. Nero is said to have married one of his male slaves. In modern times, the first sa…
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In states where same-sex marriage is permitted, the minimum age for marriage is the same whether the couple is same-sex or opposite-sex. In general, persons 18 years of age and older can marry without special permission. Persons under 18 years of age can marry if they are able to obtain parental or,…
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In 342 AD, same-sex marriage was outlawed in the Roman Empire by Christian Emperors.
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Gay marriages were legal in ancient Greece. B.C.
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I have viewed "churches" to be a lot like individuals. Each unique collection of people has the authority to practice their beliefs in the manner they believe is most true to God. Of course their are some definite parameters in place to encourage churches from wandering outside of the intention of G…
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Yes. It also means they had parental or judicial consent, since minors cannot marry without it.
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Yes it's completely commen if you want people to know if your married.
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It is a matter of opinoin , but I would say NO! God designed marriage to be one man and one woman. So they should not have the privalage of raising a child since they are living in sin, because straight couples never sin. Answer YES of course! No doubt these children are extremely wanted and res…
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Right and wrong are subjective terms, and for the most part must be decided by each individual. In short, it is not the place of any individual or group to press upon anyone whether same gender marriage is right or wrong, moral or immoral, ethical or unethical, or any such polarized label one might …
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Although she stated she opposed same-sex marriage during her 2008 presidential campaign, she has since "come out" publicly as a supporter of same-sex marriage, together with her husband.
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It would appear that same-sex marriage is at least as healthy as traditional heterosexual marriage. No evidence exists to prove otherwise.
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As of May 2014, same-sex marriage is legal in the following 18 countries: Argentina Belgium Brazil Canada Denmark France Iceland Mexico: DF, QR Netherlands New Zealand Norway Portugal South Africa Spain Sweden United Kingdom:England and Wales, Scotland (fall of 2014) United States: CA, CT, DE, D…
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Most world religions do not accept same-sex marriages. They think their god considers it an "abomination."
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Same-sex marriage is legal in Alaska effective October 13, 2014. Sexual orientation discrimination is only prohibited for state employees by Executive Order. There is no other anti-discrimination law. There is no clear answer as to whether same-sex married couples may adopt children.
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Ninth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads:The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people. The ninth amendment implies that if the right to gay marriage is not mentioned in the constitution, that does not mean it …
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No. Governance of marriage has always been a power reserved for individual states.
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Yes, as it is part of human social activity and structure, so it is classed as a sociological issue.
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The United States constitution actually does not mention marriage of any kind, straight, gay or otherwise. Although several amendments have been put forth none have them have been included. Now constitutions of the various states may or may not have had amendments added to either disallow or allow …
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Yes, effective June 26, 2013, the US federal government recognizes same-sex marriages for all purposes, including immigration.
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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 …
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Because being a good parents has nothing to do with whether you are straight, gay or bi.
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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 being g…
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Yes. The New York State Senate approved the Marriage Equality Act -- the bill to legalize same-sex marriage -- on the night of Friday, June 24, 2011, and Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill less than 2 hours later, at 11:55 PM. The bill was approved by the Assembly a week prior.
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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.
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Some people have a mother who marries a woman. That woman is also their parent and a female parent is called a mother.
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It's not bad, it's actually alright to be the same-sex and get marriedNo one has proven that it is. But some people thinks that their religion is telling them that it is bad. However, in a civilized country religion doesn't make the laws, and give people as much freedom as possible to pursue happi…
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Yes. The US now recognizes same-sex marriages for immigration purposes.
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The president has definitely changed his mind on this issue. When he was a senator, he said he was against allowing gay people to marry, although he did say he believed in civil unions. But early in 2012, he gave an interview where he said he has evolved on the issue, encouraged by his wife and daug…
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Traditional relationships have long since been controled by religious organisations. these organisations count on couples having children to take up their religeon and thus become more properous. Gay couples are generaly wealthier have time to become beter educated and overall are more independent h…
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In some jurisdictions, they can legally marry the same as any other couple. In other jurisdictions, it is not legally possible for them to marry.
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Child Raising Gay marriages do not contribute as much to child raising as straight marriages with both a mother and a father. Gay marriages tend to have less children, and none directly created between both partners. Gay marriages are statistically more likely to end up in divorce; some factors may …
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Not unless you are driving other vehicles. If the only vehicle you drive is your domestic partner's, and your domestic partner has placed you on their policy, then you are fine.
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It is a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution that would ban same-sex marriage in all fifty states.
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No because men and women can get married in any country. Gay people have domestic partnerships because they can't get married in many places.
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Liberal ones do. Buddhism has no position on marriages in general as it does not consider them spiritual. This falls into the broad category of personal choice supported by Buddhism in general. The general position against "sexual misconduct" appears to be related to an over concern with sexual inv…
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Yes in the seven (7) European countries that have legalized same-sex marriage. It is also very likely possible in the fourteen European countries that have legalized some form of registered partnership.
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Depending on the laws of the state you are employed in, medical, dental, optical and pharmacy benefits may be provided to workers and their same-sex spouses. However, the value of the spousal coverage is subject to federal income tax. States that do not recognize same-sex marriage also charge state …
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Effective September 21, 2011, gay and lesbian service members are free to serve openly in the US military as either single or married persons.
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Social security is so INSECURE financially that I doubt that it could have any impact. It would no more impact social security than if a guy married a girl.
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No, it is a lesser category of formalised relationship - a sort of second-class marriage.
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Gays and Lesbians CAN get married and in fact do in Canada, Netherlands, Spain who have full marriage rights or Brussels, the UK and others for Civil Unions. In the US, there's Massachusetts and California with full marriage rights. There's no reason they can't in other places, other than hateful, u…
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Get a gay-friendly lawyer. (I am NOT an attorney!) Since your partner -- at least in most places as of this writing -- is not legally your spouse, s/he is not legally related. In most states, this means you will need to specifically exclude your relatives from your estate (or give them specific beq…
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Yes, there is no residency or citizenship requirement for marriage in Canada.
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It's hard to say what affect it would have on infedility (because different couples have different standards as to what constitutes being unfaithful). However, I believe the divorce rate would be lower. I know many gay men who have been married to women at one point because they felt it was the thin…
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If the majority of the populace wish it so.No - people should have the right to get married regardless of their sexual orientation.Various contributors' opinions: No, it should not be illegal. P.S. I am sorry if by saying "gays" I offend anyone. I don't know what you want me to say. If you think tha…
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The most objective answer is that we haven't heard her take a stance on same-sex marriage at all. That's all.
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This is another propaganda question. Neither he nor his whole family are Muslim. Even if they were that doesn't mean he can't be President. As the U.S. Constitution makes clear, you don't have to be a Christian to hold office. Nor do you have to be heterosexual. The founding fathers never dealt with…
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Being gay is allowed in every state. Homosexuality is not a crime.
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As far as I was able to find, no church has a specific rite for the wedding of a same-sex couple. Several US churches have special rites for the blessing of a same-sex partnership, but that is not the same as a wedding. As for the several official state churches in European countries where same-sex…
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Yes, effective June 28, 2013, same-sex couples may once again marry in California and immigration status/citizenship is not a factor.
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