Same-Sex Marriage

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    Same-Sex Marriage
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    Legal recognition of
    same-sex relationships
    Marriage

    Argentina
    Belgium
    Canada
    Iceland
    Netherlands


    Norway
    Portugal
    South Africa
    Spain
    Sweden
    Performed in some jurisdictions

    Brazil: AL
    Mexico: Mexico City
    United States: CT, DC, IA, MA, NH, NY, VT, Coquille, Suquamish
    Recognized, not performed

    Aruba, CuraƧao and Sint Maarten (Netherlands only)
    Israel
    Mexico: all states (Mexico City only)
    United States: CA (conditional), MD
    [show]Civil unions and
    registered partnerships
    [show]Unregistered cohabitation
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    LGBT portal

    Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is marriage between two persons of the same biological sex or gender identity. Supporters of legal recognition for same-sex marriage typically refer to such recognition as marriage equality.[1]

    Since 2001, ten countries have begun allowing same-sex couples to marry nationwide: Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, and Sweden. Same-sex marriages are also performed and recognized in the Brazilian state of Alagoas,[2] Mexico City and parts of the United States. Some jurisdictions that do not perform same-sex marriages recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere: Israel, the Caribbean countries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, parts of the United States, and all states of Brazil and Mexico. Australia recognises same-sex marriages only by one partner changing their sex after marriage.[3] As of 2012, proposals exist to introduce same-sex marriage in at least ten other countries.

    The introduction of same-sex marriage has varied by jurisdiction, resulting from legislative changes to marriage laws, court challenges based on constitutional guarantees of equality, or a combination of the two. In some countries, allowing same-sex couples to marry replaced a previous system of civil unions or registered partnerships.

    The recognition of such marriages is a civil rights, political, social, moral, and religious issue in many nations. Conflicts arise over whether same-sex couples should be allowed to enter into marriage, be required to use a different status (such as a civil union, which either grant equal rights as marriage or limited rights in comparison to marriage), or not have any such rights. A related issue is whether the term marriage should be applied.[4][5][6]

    One argument in support of same-sex marriage is that denying same-sex couples legal access to marriage and all of its attendant benefits represents discrimination based on sexual orientation; several American scientific bodies agree with this assertion.[7][8][9][10] Another argument in support of same-sex marriage is the assertion that financial, psychological and physical well-being are enhanced by marriage, and that children of same-sex couples benefit from being raised by two parents within a legally recognized union supported by society's institutions.[11][12][13] Court documents filed by American scientific associations also state that singling out gay men and women as ineligible for marriage both stigmatizes and invites public discrimination against them.[14] The American Anthropological Association avers that social science research does not support the view that either civilization or viable social orders depend upon not recognizing same-sex marriage.[15] Other arguments for same-sex marriage are based upon what is regarded as a universal human rights issue, mental and physical health concerns, equality before the law,[16] and the goal of normalizing LGBT relationships.[17][18][19] Al Sharpton and several other authors attribute opposition to same-sex marriage as coming from homophobia[20][21][22][23] or heterosexism and liken prohibitions on same-sex marriage to past prohibitions on interracial marriage.[24]

    One argument against same-sex marriage arises from a rejection of the use of the word "marriage" as applied to same-sex couples,[25] as well as objections about the legal and social status of marriage itself being applied to same-sex partners under any terminology. Other stated arguments include direct and indirect social consequences of same-sex marriages, parenting concerns,[26][27] religious grounds,[28][29] and tradition.

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    Apr 03, 2012 1:48 PM GMT
    Thanks for posting that information, as a gay man and internet user, I have neither heard of same-sex marriage nor visited Wikipedia.
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    Apr 03, 2012 1:52 PM GMT
    You cut and pasted a Wikipedia article.

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    Apr 03, 2012 2:02 PM GMT
    @ SlutterShock So im i, i just want to make my world EQUAL! i just fully accepted myself last month so i want to start in humane manner and hopefully i find someone here and get married. I plan to immigrate to Canada sooner.icon_wink.gif
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    Apr 03, 2012 2:04 PM GMT
    @ Haretz Sorry i just want to be educated.icon_wink.gif
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    Apr 03, 2012 2:21 PM GMT
    Hames said@ Haretz Sorry i just want to be educated.icon_wink.gif


    That's wonderful.

    We need more educated, caring people in the world.

    I was just confused, that's all.

    :-)
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    Apr 03, 2012 2:24 PM GMT
    @ Haretz im into that, lets be human and love one another.icon_wink.gif
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    Apr 03, 2012 2:47 PM GMT
    Stuttershock saidThanks for posting that information, as a gay man and internet user, I have neither heard of same-sex marriage nor visited Wikipedia.

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    Apr 03, 2012 2:52 PM GMT
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    Apr 03, 2012 4:57 PM GMT
    I was born this way, hey!
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    Apr 03, 2012 5:25 PM GMT
    don't be a drag just be a queer!icon_wink.gif
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    Apr 03, 2012 5:27 PM GMT
    June 5, 2010, Provincetown, MA.......religious and civil ceremony........one of the most significant events in my life!
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    Apr 03, 2012 5:39 PM GMT
    ZOOKPR saidJune 5, 2010, Provincetown, MA.......religious and civil ceremony........one of the most significant events in my life!


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    Apr 04, 2012 2:37 AM GMT
    I believe this info is really invaluable I have always wondered where if I could only find some1 I could get married I am a firm believer in marriage as a nessasesaty for any1 who is serious about being in love. Thanx for posting this.
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    Apr 04, 2012 3:11 PM GMT
    Jocksboi saidI believe this info is really invaluable I have always wondered where if I could only find some1 I could get married I am a firm believer in marriage as a nessasesaty for any1 who is serious about being in love. Thanx for posting this.


    Same-sex Marriage will open a wide door in acceptance in heterosexual world and if that time comes i believed that it would be the happiest world ever known.icon_wink.gif
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    Apr 04, 2012 3:17 PM GMT
    Personally, i dont have friends or family have this same-sex marriage some of the gays i've known end up marrying a girl, and turns to be violent and irritated due to hiding there true colors, i dont want to live a life like that life is short, i choose to be happy.icon_wink.gif
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    Apr 04, 2012 10:52 PM GMT
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