Same-sex marriagethe practice of marriage between two men or between two women. Although same-sex marriage has been regulated through law, religion, and custom in most countries of the world, the legal and social responses have ranged from celebration on the one hand to criminalization on the other. Some scholars, most notably the Yale professor and historian John Boswell —94have argued that same-sex unions were recognized by the Roman Catholic Church in medieval Europe, although others have disputed this claim.
Same-sex marriage also called gay marriage is the union of two individuals of the same sex in a marital relationshipwith the full legal rights and responsibilities allotted to this contract in a given jurisdiction. Legally defined marriage of homosexual couples is limited to a minority of jurisdictions at this time; more common is a " civil union ," which includes many of the all-important legal trappings, without the title "marriage" and the religious overtones some think are implied by the word. Supporters of same-sex marriage may refer to it as "marriage equality,"  while opponents may call it "redefining marriage,"  or may use scare quotes i.
In Britain, civil ceremonies are the nearest substitute available for same sex marriage contracts. Civil ceremonies, or civil weddings, have become very popular since the law changed in to allow gay couples to form civil partnerships. Around 15, gay weddings took place in the first nine months after the introduction of the law.
A marriage contract is a written document that you and your partner can make either:. A marriage contract is a type of domestic contract that says how you deal with your issues while you are together or at the end of your relationship. For example, you can agree on things like how you and your partner will divide your property and debts if you separate. The most common issues that people deal with in a prenup are property issues and spousal support.
Until Junesame-sex marriage was only recognized in select US states. Same-sex couples legally married in those states were still living with the knowledge that they would not be recognized as legally married anywhere that had yet to lift the ban. For many who traveled to the more progressive states to perform their nuptials and sign their marriage certificates in full compliance with state law, this meant going back home to a place that would not accept their legal union, though it is the very place where they live, work and pay taxes.
One of the fundamental questions underlying the debate over gay marriage is, quite simply, what is the point for gays to marry. Aside from certain property and legal issues which could, in theory, be solved by other laws, what point are gay persons trying to make in attempting to get married? Chris Burgwald asks this question on his blog:.
One of the great political debates that occupied our Founding Fathers was over the proper balance between democracy and individual rights. They had fought a war against the tyranny of a single monarch, but they were rightly concerned that the tyranny of the majority would do no better when it came to respect for minority rights. Fast forward to today and some see a form of this debate being replayed in two Supreme Court cases dealing with the contentious issue of gay marriage.
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Hodges granting same-sex couples rights to marry under the Fourteenth Amendment continues to unfold. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.
On February 12,France became the second nation in one month to take the first steps toward marriage equality. In addition to legalizing same-sex marriage, the recently passed bill also grants the same right to all married couples to adopt children. The adoption clause was facilitated by an article passed earlier by the Assembly that redefined marriage as a contract between two people.