Marriage » Gay Marriage Marriage- Marriage Counseling, Same Sex Marriage, Marriage License, Common Law, Vital Records Tue, 15 Nov 2016 16:06:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Quick Facts You Should Know About Gay Marriage Fri, 03 Apr 2015 14:01:58 +0000 What is Gay Marriage?

•    Gay marriage or same-sex marriage is the legal and social recognition that a joining (marriage) between two persons of the same social gender or biological sex takes place. 

•    Same-sex marriage or gay marriage is a fundamental civil rights, social, moral, political and religious issue in most nations throughout the world. 

•    Gay marriage, in the United States, is not a federally-recognized institution. The United States’ government places the regulatory or administrative issues (in terms of permitting those of the same sex to marry) in the local government’s hands. Although same-sex or gay marriage are not federally recognized, same-sex couples are permitted to marry in five states and one district—gay marriage is regarded as legal and is recognized in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Iowa, New Hampshire, Vermont, and the District of Columbia.) In these specific areas, gay marriages are viewed as regular unions between heterosexual couples; gay marriages, when affirmed in the aforementioned states, receive the same rights and state-level benefits as heterosexual couples.

•    Thirty-one states possess constitutional restrictions which limit marriage to one woman and one man. In 1996, the United States Congress passed the Defense of Marriage Act which defines marriage solely as a union between couples of the opposite sex. This definition applies to all federal purposes and allowing for the non-recognition amongst the states.

•    Since this time, there have been numerous appeals and Supreme Court rulings to further elucidate the federal sentiment in regards to gay marriage. As of now, each local court system has the ability to legally recognize gay marriage or rule that the union is not permitted.

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Essential Gay Marriage Information Fri, 03 Apr 2015 14:01:06 +0000 Gay marriage is currently legal in a small percentage of countries worldwide. For many, marriage is seen as unique relationship between a man and a woman, with the purpose of having children and raising a family.  In the past, inter racial couples faced scrutiny when they attempted to marry. In addition, couples that were interfaith, faced opposition. 

However, both interracial and interfaith couples are now able to marry in most places. Nowadays, same sex couples are on the same path to legal and social acceptance of gay marriage, that interracial and interfaith couples now enjoy. However, gay marriages need to be recognized by the government in order for couples to enjoy all of the rights and responsibilities generally afforded to marriages of opposite sex couples.

Until fairly recently, only opposite sex, white couples were permitted to marry in the United States. It was also common practice that people would only marry a partner with a common religion. For example, a Jewish woman was unlikely to marry a Catholic man. In fact, the couple would likely face opposition from both families, as well as the churches they belonged to. In the early 19Th century, African American couples were not able to be legally married. 

Later, African American couples attained the right to marry. Even later, in 1967, Inter-racial couples were able to marry in every state. The Supreme court ruled that interracial couples had the right to marry in every state, regardless of state law. At one point, polygamy was legally allowed in some parts of the United States. In that case, a man would be allowed to have multiple wives. However, marriage has most recently been defined as a union between an opposite sex couple. 

In fact, there are no defining restrictions of marriage that include race or religion. Gender is currently the only defining characteristic required for couples to be legally married in most places. In fact, couples must be opposite sex in most cases. However, many countries are beginning to offer gay marriage the same legal recognition that interracial and interfaith couples now enjoy.

The Netherlands was the first to recognize gay marriage. Eventually other countries, or portions of countries, would begin to legally recognize gay marriages. In fact, there are currently approximately 12 countries that recognize gay marriage. While many more countries legally recognize some type of same sex relationships, fewer actually recognize gay marriage. In addition, gay marriages tend to enjoy more rights and benefits than domestic partnerships or civil unions.

Traditionally, marriage was seen as a means to raise a family but that definition is now expanding to include simple recognition of a couples relationship. Gay marriages are currently recognized in many places worldwide. However, gay marriages are not as recognized, as civil unions or domestic partnerships. In fact couples are afforded different rights depending on the legally designated label of their relationship.

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