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Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is marriage between people of the same sex, either as a secular civil ceremony or in a religious setting. The term marriage equality refers to a political status in which same-sex marriage and opposite-sex marriage are considered legally equal.


In the late 20th century, rites of marriage for same-sex couples without legal recognition became increasingly common. The first law providing for same-sex marriage in modern times was enacted in 2000 in the Netherlands and came into force in 2001. As of 20 December 2017, same-sex marriage is legally recognized (nationwide or in some parts) in the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico,[nb 1] the Netherlands,[nb 2] New Zealand,[nb 3] Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom,[nb 4] the United States[nb 5] and Uruguay. It is also likely to soon become legal in Taiwan and Austria, after court rulings on the subject in May and December 2017, respectively. Additionally, after a motion lodged by Costa Rica, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights issued a ruling in favour of same-sex marriage on 9 January 2018, which is expected to facilitate legalisation in several countries in the Americas.[nb 6] Polls show rising support for legally recognizing same-sex marriage in the Americas, and most of Europe. However, as of 2018, South Africa is the only African country where same-sex marriage is recognized. Taiwan would become the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage if the Civil Code is amended. Two other Asian countries, namely Israel and Armenia, recognise same-sex marriages performed outside the country for some purposes.


Introduction of same-sex marriage laws has varied by jurisdiction, being variously accomplished through legislative change to marriage laws, a court ruling based on constitutional guarantees of equality, or by direct popular vote (via ballot initiative or referendum). The recognition of same-sex marriage is a political and social issue, and also a religious issue in many countries, and debates continue to arise over whether people in same-sex relationships should be allowed marriage or some similar status (a civil union).


Same-sex marriage can provide those in same-sex relationships who pay their taxes with government services and make financial demands on them comparable to those afforded to and required of those in opposite-sex marriages. Same-sex marriage also gives them legal protections such as inheritance and hospital visitation Rights. Various faith communities around the world support allowing those of the same sex to marry, while many major religions oppose same-sex marriage. Opponents of same-sex marriages have argued that recognition of same-sex marriages would erode religious freedoms, undermine a right of children to be raised by their biological mother and father or erode the institution of marriage itself.


Some analysts state that financial, psychological and physical well-being are enhanced by marriage, and that children of same-sex parents or carers benefit from being raised by two parents within a legally recognized union supported by society's institutions. A court document filed by the American Anthropological Association stated that reversing enacted same-sex marriage legislation served to single out gay men and women as ineligible for marriage, thereby both stigmatizing and inviting public discrimination against them.


The American Anthropological Association asserts that social science research does not support the view that either civilization or viable social orders depend upon marriage as an exclusively heterosexual institution.

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But will May's 'deep regret' move the needle for gay, lesbian or transgender Africans who more often than not have to deal with brute force of the state and the stigma some in ... Over in Tanzania, the state continues to bully activists, arresting anyone they deem to have any whiff of homosexual sympathies. anti-gay
It's a reminder that, for all the attacks on conservatives for being anti-LGBT, the Democratic Party didn't fully embraced same-sex marriage until one whole ... It took a lot of hard work by gay activists (and gay people just willing to live their lives openly) to change straight people's attitudes and make them ... Hackers Anti-Gay

Under the new policy, gay, lesbian and bisexual Americans could serve their country, as long as they kept their sexual identity under wraps. Though supporters of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" welcomed it as a more liberal policy that would allow gay Americans to serve their country, gay rights activists ... Military
The spot's notoriety came in the run-up to the Supreme Court's landmark gay-marriage case: Memories was one of Indiana's first businesses to publicly refuse to cater gay weddings, precisely what LGBTQ activists feared would happen when then-governor Mike Pence signed the state's ... Indiana
Ice skating, movie and dinner dates, three Beyonce concerts and so many other encounters brought us to our marriage 5½ years later. ... Our relationship solidified when we became gay activists from 1975 to 1978 and volunteered for GEAR, the Gay Education, Awareness and Resources Foundation.
It has been 20 years since a famous protest that saw gay activists disrupt an Easter sermon by then-Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey. ... Of the protest, he added: “It caused a sensation and prompted Dr Carey to finally meet with the Lesbian & Gay Christian Movement, which he had previously refused ...
In a submission to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's Religious Freedom Review — established in the wake of Australia's overwhelming vote to support the right of gay marriage — the former tennis great turned minister said lawmakers should remember it was “biblical principles of excellence, integrity and ...
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A man who tried to marry his laptop in a legal fight against same-sex marriage is promoting legislation across the country to require a filter to block pornography and human trafficking websites that would be lifted if a user pays $20. The measure pushed by Chris Sevier has been ...
That's where about 100 activists from the New York City–based group Gays Against Guns (GAG) had set up camp for the day, transforming the bleak ... We have been fighting for our rights for decades, likely eons,” Cathy Marino-Thomas, a GAG organizer and longtime activist in the fight for marriage equality ...
That's especially true against a governor who has long gotten strong support in the gay community for his staunch fight for legislation in 2011 that allowed same-sex couples in the state to marry. Just last month, the nation's largest LGBT civil rights organization, the Human Rights Campaign, endorsed ...
LGBT activists in Bermuda have rebuked calls to boycott the British island territory's tourism industry over a law that rescinds marriage rights for ... “We are encouraged by expressions of support both locally and internationally for Bermuda's lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer people, and extend our ...
Nixon is actually bisexual and currently married to Christine Marinoni — also an education and LGBTQ rights activist — whom she met at a gay-rights rally. She also lobbied strongly for marriage equality both in New York and nationally and gave a speech outside the historic Stonewall Inn last year at a rally ...
“Cynthia Nixon was opposed to having a qualified lesbian become mayor of New York City,” former New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn told The ... “But he also has done some amazing things for New York, such as passing paid leave in our state, passing marriage equality and working to end ...
But their public prayer rally provoked gay activists and their Antifa allies, who mobbed the Catholic demonstrators in a vain attempt to silence them through ... for the 'correct' opinions, and the opinions against gay marriage are not politically correct and have no place in the public sphere, according to them.

In another twist, a bill that would ban child marriage in Tennessee was sent back to committee from the Senate floor Monday after it had advanced with bipartisan ... killed the bill in a House subcommittee amid concerns over how the legislation could affect a conservative activist's case against gay marriage.
In addition to what it meant for gay and lesbians wanting to marry in California, Kendell said she knew the court's decision also sent a powerful message to the gay or lesbian teenager in small-town Alabama on what is possible for their life, without government sanctioned discrimination in the form of ...
Ugandan LGBT people live under harsh conditions, with gay and lesbian sex remaining illegal. Violent attacks, often perpetrated by the police, are commonplace. Same-sex marriage is prohibited. "Things are not good," Isaac Mugisha, 25, told the Bay Area Reporter. "Eighteen people were arrested at the ...
LGBTQ advocates, however, were just as quick to point to Pompeo's extensive record — mostly as a congressman from Kansas, before becoming CIA director last year — opposing the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans and the potential negative impact he could have on them if ...
Lesbian activist Kate Kendell is set to step down from her role as head of the San Francisco-based National Center for Lesbian Rights after 22 years on ... “I've been at the center of enormous NCLR victories, four at the U.S. Supreme Court, including the freedom to marry, a fight that seemed impossible to ...
A surprisingly controversial bill that would ban child marriage in Tennessee — killed last week, then revived in a span of just days — advanced in the House on ... killed the bill in subcommittee last week amid concerns over how the legislation could affect a conservative activist's case against gay marriage.
“I was disappointed that the House GOP subcommittee members chose table the bills to shield their members from a vote on equality rather than shield thousands of LGBT state and local employees from discrimination.” “I was extremely disappointed that my bill to remove the prohibitions on gay marriage in ...
The leader of National Coalition for Proper Human Rights and Family Values, Moses Foh Amoaning has claimed some same-sex activists at the ... This was in consonance with what President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said recently that Ghana is bound to accept same-sex marriage in future.
Although Panama had said that it would comply with the Inter-American court ruling, a Supreme Court judge had drafted a ruling last October againt marriage equality in an unrelated case. But the judge has since withdrawn the ruling, a sign that the Panamanian judiciary is not going to challenge the ...
The Liberty Awards National Dinner honors advocates, activists and allies in the fight for LGBT equality. Evan Wolfson ... As a lawyer at Lambda, he not only brought the first successful marriage equality case in Hawaii — he also led the case that challenged the Boy Scouts' exclusion of gay people. He left ...
SYDNEY Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras was celebrated on Saturday night, attracting some 300,000 spectators to watch 12,300 participants in a record-breaking parade. A milestone year – marking the parade's 40th anniversary and the first event since Australia legalised gay marriage last year – organisers ...
A group of activists, actors, politicians and executives is asking Amazon founder Jeffrey Bezos not to put a second Amazon.com headquarters in a state ... marriage in Washington State and he received a national equality award last year from the Human Rights Campaign, a prominent gay and lesbian ...
The event grew out of a brutal and bloody police crackdown of gay and lesbian activists in 1978 and is now one of the biggest street parties in the world. “This year we ... Last year, after more than a decade of political wrangling and months of heated debate, Australia legalised gay marriage. Prime Minister ...
It was a rag tag bunch of activists from the gay community who were tired of being treated as second-class citizens. ... Robert French, who went on to launch Sydney's 1984 Mardi Gras parade after homosexual sex was decriminalised in the state, told SBS News “they were grabbing people, targeting people ...
Gay marriage campaigner Christine Forster says people need to accept that Michael McCormack has "evolved" since expressing abhorrent ... Gay rights activists expressed their concern in the lead up to Michael McCormack becoming deputy prime minister but they're willing to accept he no longer holds ...
The prince echoes Shah's view that, while gay marriage has no legal sanction, "the whole value system in India prizes marriage and family ... Gay activists tend to be divided on the issue of marriage with some supporting it and others criticising the desire for an institution that belongs to a society that has ...
Urvi Shah, 23, launched the Gay Arranged Marriages services in Secunderabad in 2015 after graduating in Development Studies. ... Gay activists tend to be divided on the issue of marriage with some supporting it and others criticizing the desire for an institution that belongs to a society that has rejected ...
LGBT activists during a rally against the planned revisions to Indonesia's criminal code outside the Parliament in Jakarta, Indonesia, 12 February 2018. ... serve as grounds to punish, in addition to the 2008 anti-pornography laws that are often wielded to punish people attending gay parties, for example.
The island nation of Bermuda is bucking the "progressive" trend and pushing back on homosexual marriage. Homosexual activists in Bermuda have been pushing for a right to same-sex marriage but they lost when a 2016 referendum didn't go their way. Unable to convince voters, they took to the courts to ...
Scaramucci was clear: “Republicans should support gay marriage.” He even cheered when his mom told him she supports same-sex marriage, he said. In November 2016, Scaramucci identified as "a gay rights activist" to the BBC. And it's not just words. That year, he attended an equality roundtable with ...
LGBTQ activists spoke out against actress and gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon on Thursday, taking issue with her account in a recent interview of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's signing of the Marriage Equality Act. In a New York magazine article published Sunday, Nixon said Cuomo "had a lot of ...
On Wednesday, the country's Central Election Commission decided to move forward a voter referendum pursued by anti-LGBTQ activists to the next stage. ... only heterosexual marriages should be allowed under the civil code, whether public school children should learn about gay and lesbian topics ... Citizens
In a 2017 interview with City and State New York, Marinoni said that her journey as an activist began in 1995 after she came out as a lesbian. ... told City and State New York, "We went up a few times to Albany and met with legislators and talked to them about passage of gay marriage in New York City.". Citizens
He said the bishop had brought embarrassment to Greece with his extreme positions, for example by saying that non-religious marriage was the moral equivalent of prostitution. The prosecution was brought at the behest of eight leading gay-rights activists, who testified that the bishop's attack had ... Citizens
That's where about 100 activists from the New York City–based group Gays Against Guns (GAG) had set up camp for the day, transforming the bleak concrete corner ... We have been fighting for our rights for decades, likely eons,” Cathy Marino-Thomas, a GAG organizer and longtime activist in the fight for marriage equality, ... Citizens
Chris Sevier, an anti-LGBT lawyer who garnered international attention after trying to secure the right to marry his laptop in several US states, is now promoting federal-level legislation requiring the installation of an anti-porn and prostitution website filter on all computers and mobile devices which can be ... Citizens
Former Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance President Rick Rosendall is among those who believe Barry's opposition to marriage equality and the problems he ... Longtime lesbian activist Barbara Helmick, who attended the statue dedication ceremony, said she believes Barry's overall record and ... Citizens
Former Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance President Rick Rosendall is among those who believe Barry's opposition to marriage equality and the problems he ... Longtime lesbian activist Barbara Helmick, who attended the statue dedication ceremony, said she believes Barry's overall record and ... Citizens
Homosexual activists took Davis to task. She spent six days in jail for contempt of the court for her stance against same-sex "marriage." Davis later faced a lawsuit from the gay couples whom she declined to marry. A federal judge dismissed the lawsuits in August 2016, but one gay couple's lawsuit was ... Citizens
SYDNEY, Australia — They were there for the Sissy Ball, a vogue-style dance-off that was last weekend's contribution to the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras ... Just a few months after Australia legalized same-sex marriage, the corporate vibe is stirring up a new — or at least revived — debate about the ... Citizens
He boycotted the chain for several years, "then started going back" after major wins like the national legalization of gay marriage. ... include the 2012 statement that “we're inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say we know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage. Citizens
A Malaysian newspaper has sparked protest and ridicule by publishing a list on how to spot gay people, BBC.com reported. According to the article, gay men can be identified by their beards, and lesbians by their fondness for holding hands. Activists are warning it could put lives at risk in the conservative ... Citizens
October 25, 2006 - The New Jersey Supreme Court rules that state lawmakers must provide the rights and benefits of marriage to gay and lesbian couples. May 15, 2008 - The California Supreme Court rules in re: Marriage Cases that limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples is unconstitutional. November ... Citizens


 

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